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mackie12

Drilling Holes.....

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mackie12

morning folks,

I am curious in regards to drilling holes in my Response as I need to run three sets of RCA's from under spotters seat to under drivers seat for a new stereo. There is currently a hole  at the far back corner behind (cuby) the spotters seat to which runs thru the ski locker and back up in to the drivers side, but the hole is to small to add more wires. I believe there is room to add new holes on either side but am hesitant to drill holes in my boat naturally....... do I have any legitimate concern here?

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ahopkinsVTX

When I installed a sub behind the drivers kick plate in my response I ran the stereo wires up around the bow to the storage area. It obviously will take longer rcas but it was super simple and I was done in about 15 minutes. That would be my suggestions. 

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Woodski

The first hole is the hardest, after that pretty easy:-)   Small thru holes for wiring seems to be a common issue as people add stuff to their boats.  Adjacent holes should not be an issue.

Chipping gel coat is the major obstacle on drilling a hole in your boat.  FYI - I have done several, including mounting a transducer for Perfect Pass in the bottom enlarging the holes for the exhaust tips and a few others, she has not sunk yet!

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tvano
13 minutes ago, Woodski said:

The first hole is the hardest, after that pretty easy:-)   Small thru holes for wiring seems to be a common issue as people add stuff to their boats.  Adjacent holes should not be an issue.

Chipping gel coat is the major obstacle on drilling a hole in your boat.  FYI - I have done several, including mounting a transducer for Perfect Pass in the bottom enlarging the holes for the exhaust tips and a few others, she has not sunk yet!

@Woodski, really tempting fate here...

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BlindSquirrel

**Remember to drill with your drill in reverse when making your holes.**

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oldjeep
4 minutes ago, BlindSquirrel said:

**Remember to drill with your drill in reverse when making your holes.**

I don't think he is planning on drilling through any gel coat ;)

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mackie12

@ahopkinsVTX do you recall how long of RCA's you used?

@Woodski correct, it would be thru the carpet/fiberglass, would prefer this way as  I dont need to order any new cables.......

Was planning on using a 3/4 hols saw bit.....any problems with this?

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oldjeep
3 minutes ago, mackie12 said:

@ahopkinsVTX do you recall how long of RCA's you used?

@Woodski correct, it would be thru the carpet/fiberglass, would prefer this way as  I dont need to order any new cables.......

Was planning on using a 3/4 hols saw bit.....any problems with this?

Hole saws are pretty tricky in carpet.  Might want to try to cut the carpet out first with a utility knife.

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onewake09
29 minutes ago, oldjeep said:

Hole saws are pretty tricky in carpet.  Might want to try to cut the carpet out first with a utility knife.

spin it backwards and it'll cut that carpet like a champ.

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oldjeep
2 minutes ago, onewake09 said:

spin it backwards and it'll cut that carpet like a champ.

Maybe.  More likely it'll grab a strand and create a birds nest. 

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Sparky450
18 minutes ago, onewake09 said:

spin it backwards and it'll cut that carpet like a champ.

I agree, run a hole saw backwards and you will have much better success through carpet. We do it quite often through floors.

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mackie12

Thanks gents, I will run it backwards then.

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ahopkinsVTX
2 hours ago, mackie12 said:

@ahopkinsVTX do you recall how long of RCA's you used?

@Woodski correct, it would be thru the carpet/fiberglass, would prefer this way as  I dont need to order any new cables.......

Was planning on using a 3/4 hols saw bit.....any problems with this?

I don’t. Was a few years ago. Sorry. 

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mackie12

Thanks boys, backwards hole saw bit worked perfectly!

Next question......probably aimed at @Sparky450, remote amp power, where does one hook this up to? dont want on constant but dont want on keyed either......

can I go battery supply - switch - Wetsounds equalizer, remote power pick up from hot side of switch? would have to remember to ensure switch is turned off of course.

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Sparky450
Posted (edited)

Probably best to talk to a stereo install guru.

But my first go around in the 07, I originally  ran a deck so the deck turned off when the key was turned off. The deck turned off and on everything else.

When I did it the second time I eliminated the head unit and I wired the blue remote turn on wire to everything on a spare switch on the dash. Separate power lead from the batteries all the way to that one individual switch. Yeah, dont forget to turn it off. 

In the 2019 the installer installed a head unit and it is on the accessory, I requested the stereo to go on and off with the accesory.

Edited by Sparky450

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mackie12

@Sparky450 probably will end up with the switch idea, wonder if they make a 12V timer............

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Sparky450

I believe they do. @shawndoggy mentioned one the other day.

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shawndoggy

You can get a programmable 12v timer relay. https://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_111937_PAC-TR12.html

Or just turn off your battery switch at the end of the day. IMHO the simple solution is better than the complicated one. Rebooting the stereo at every key up is no bueno. 

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