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any one got an ideas for ways to run wires from back to front of the boat and keep a neat clean look?

my boat has factory decks and sides and because of the foam and such i can not figure out any way at all to run them behind the sides like i would like

going to have to run several wires (two big ones for troller, three small ones for a tilt trim switch, a couple for an spotlight plug and also thetrands of big wire for hps to geeny) and i want a nice professional look with its done

pics and ideas are much welcome
 

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any one got an ideas for ways to run wires from back to front of the boat and keep a neat clean look?

my boat has factory decks and sides and because of the foam and such i can not figure out any way at all to run them behind the sides like i would like

going to have to run several wires (two big ones for troller, three small ones for a tilt trim switch, a couple for an spotlight plug and also thetrands of big wire for hps to geeny) and i want a nice professional look with its done

pics and ideas are much welcome
Mine has a 3 inch tube that was factory installed under the floor.. What kind of boat do you have?? any pics??



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Post some pics of the inside of your boat for us to reference and see what your working with. And you don't a wire for each 12volt accessory you only need to get a hot and a ground to the front for those. Anything for the genny 120/240 volt will need it's own. Lots of options let's see what you have
 

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its a 1860 nova/crestliner and thats down to about a few wires as i can run
my troller will be seperate its 24 volt and i use seperate batteries for it
thier is no lip on the gunnel like some boats to run wires under and no wire tube under the factory deck or walls
thats what i wanted to try was shove some flexable condut under to protect the wires and run them therw that but i can't fine a way to fish any condut or hose behind the walls to save my life

heres some pics there old but give you an idea what im working with im pretty much at the point there going to have to be run outside the walls as much as i hate that
 

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I would call the aluminum yard and get a 2.5" diameter round tube the length of your boat and have them cut it in half to make a half moon shape and tack weld it to the inside of your boat and run the wires through it
 

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I ran mine inside 1/2'' electrical conduit and ran it down the inside edge of my boat. You cant even see it and was very easy and pretty cheep to do.
 

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I have about the exact same boat & when I redid the inside of mine I pulled a wall out & ran behind it. Maybe not the best idea since I would have to tear up my Durabak now if I need to get to the wires. My other idea was a small pvc conduit or 2 run the length of the boat right under the inside lip of the gunnel.

Do you still have the wires up front for the factory T-n-T switch? Jumper off or extend them.
One set of wires to the front for troller batteries. If more than one set of batts. use a selector switch at the back.
Anything else 12v will only need 1 pair of smaller wires to the front with a buss bar or such to hook into.
 

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ive thought seriously about pulling a wall but i already have durabak lined my boat.
the only wires i had factory to the front was troller wires which i will probley use for my 12 volt access they aren't big enough for the troller im going to run
and some little bitty 16ga for the nav light that i have already spiced into for my night flood driveing lights so i don't need to be using them for any more load.


i am thinking the alum half cut pipe might be the ticket.....
 

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I think the 1/2 cut aluminum will still look clean.
 

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If you can get behind that gas fill tube I would run a rigid or armorflex conduit under the port gunnel lip. The starboard side will get messy with your controls.
 

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I would call the aluminum yard and get a 2.5" diameter round tube the length of your boat and have them cut it in half to make a half moon shape and tack weld it to the inside of your boat and run the wires through it
after looking at your pics this is excatly what i was thinking. cut a pipe in half long ways and weld or screw it in place in the bottom corner of the floor. it will lokk good and be outta the way
 

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Ive seen alot of cut pipe welded along the gunnells and in other places. Hes going to need more than 1/2" conduit, the 6 gauge troller wires will barely fit in that. Then you have an extension cord for the Bowfishing lights. youll need 1.5" at least. And then how are you going to hold the stainless conduit in place? Screw it to the side of your boat? Ive seen alot of the halfed pipe, it looks clean and doesnt stick out as much. Just tack it in about 4 places and you wont mess up much of your lining
 

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I think Clark hit it on the head here. Cut Some 2" aluminum pipe to make a half pipe, like be said you could just clean a spot at each end and in the middle of the pipe to tack weld it to your boat. You could spray over ut with a rattle can to match and it would look pretty clean and would be easy to run more wires or modify what you have with that setup
 

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I ran some 3/4" pvc pipe down the side behind my side walls in the old boat. The airboat has walk-arounds and the pvc is bolted up underneath so it cannot be seen.

Worse case you could run some pvc right under the gunnell but if I were doing it I would run a piece of alum channel under the gunnel so it looks like a support rather than a wire holder....of course you have already laid your durabak. In that case run 1/2 or 3/4 grey pvc on the floor from the side console to the front. Might not notice it as much.
 

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I would call the aluminum yard and get a 2.5" diameter round tube the length of your boat and have them cut it in half to make a half moon shape and tack weld it to the inside of your boat and run the wires through it
This is exactly what I told him to do about 3 weeks ago. I guess he just has to hear it from someone other than his teammate. LOL
 
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