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Old 18-07-2016, 13:50   #1
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Mast internal wiring come loose

While I was beating to windward in fairly large seas the cables that are run inside the mast must have come loose from whatever was holding them and now I can hear them clunking around whenever the boat sways past the vertical.

From the sound it makes, it seems that it is the lower section that is affected.

Has anyone got any suggestions as to how this can be fixed without pulling the mast out (this was already done only 18 months ago to paint mast, fit LED spreader lights, replace standing rigging etc).

Note: Mast is keel stepped with an opening about 1.5" wide on the bottom 18"

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 20-07-2016, 18:52   #2
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Re: Mast internal wiring come loose

Check the rivets, or what's left of them! May only be the heads still in the holes! I have a conduit in our mast. The lower 1/3 is loose, because a p/o put a spinnaker pole track on the mast. To do so they drilled out the rivets on the lower anchor of the conduit, instead of notching the track. Now I have to figure out how to re-attach. Did I mention that the anchor moved down from the rivet holes!
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Old 31-07-2016, 09:03   #3
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Re: Mast internal wiring come loose

Oh dear I cannot tell you how much your note hit a chord with me.. We have a mizzen mast with a group of coaxial cables and a rather heavy radar cable that all swing freely inside the mast and it makes a very annoying clunk all the time. I have tried many things to try to secure those lines but of course we have a halyard inside the mask otherwise I would blast a section of polyurethane 2 pack foam in to try to secure these wires. Alas I've nothing to contribute but I'm commiserating.

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Re: Mast internal wiring come loose

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Oh dear I cannot tell you how much your note hit a chord with me.. We have a mizzen mast with a group of coaxial cables and a rather heavy radar cable that all swing freely inside the mast and it makes a very annoying clunk all the time. I have tried many things to try to secure those lines but of course we have a halyard inside the mask otherwise I would blast a section of polyurethane 2 pack foam in to try to secure these wires. Alas I've nothing to contribute but I'm commiserating.

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