Hole in binnacle guard base?

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  1. kbgunn


    Joined Sep 19, 2017
    106 posts, 37 likes
    Catalina 1986 30 TR
    4410 US Lake Lewisville
    I have a 1986 Catalina 30 TRBSFK. The PO zip-tied the power and SeatalkNG cables for Autopilot drive and control head to the outside of the guard:

    I would like to run them up the inside of the post because this is ugly and a trip hazard. From below, the guard base is attached with through bolts and a washer like this:
    The guard is held by the two bolts in the foreground. Pay no attention to the dirt on the cockpit sole and the mold below. I will clean that up in this process. Question is: Can I drill a hole between the two bolts to run the cable? Is the guard a hollow tube with a hole at the base and does the bolted base have a hole through to the cockpit sole?

    I could disassemble the entire guard to find out, but it would save time and re-bedding if it's as simple as drilling one hole.

    Thanks for sharing if you have a similar setup.

  2. Calif. Ted

    Calif. Ted

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    2,208 posts, 184 likes
    Catalina 320
    US Dana Point
    Yes, but I think I'd remove that screw so you can remove the guard tube and drill a pilot hole dead center from the top. Be prudent to rebed anyway dissassemby is easy and best to prevent leaks, looks like a PO as already slopped a bunch of dried up chalk around the feet.

  3. LeslieTroyer


    Joined May 20, 2016
    2,582 posts, 1,203 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    Yes the guard tubes are hollow and you can run wires Thur them.

  4. weekendrken


    Joined May 7, 2011
    142 posts, 21 likes
    Catalina 30
    3573 US Lake Norman
    Will you overdrill and use a rubber grommet? If so consider two smaller holes rather that one large.

  5. SG


    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    1,420 posts, 271 likes
    J/Boat J/160
    US Annapolis
    After you drill the hole, I suggest that you coat the sides of the pentrwtion wall with epoxy to seal the core.

  6. daviddp


    Joined Aug 7, 2018
    62 posts, 20 likes
    o'Day 34
    113 us Sodus Point
    I just removed my guard last week to install a new "taller" guard to accomodate a Nav Pod. I found things to be "bound up" and not moving after removing the 4 bolts holding the feet to the deck and the 2 screws that hold the guard to the feet. 35 years of gunk had to be loosened up. I tapped the guard tubes with a rubber mallet to break them free and slid that up and out, then I sprayed adhesive remover into the bottom of the feet and let it sit for 30 minutes, they came right off with no damage to the deck or feet. I did notice water stains on the plywood backing below deck which was the primary reason to remove and rebed the feet. I drilled both feet through large enough to fit the cable ends for the navpod run and the wheel pilot cable and rebed them. The job took about an hour total. PM if you need photos or have questions. Good luck with it.

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2019

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