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Old 09-09-2015, 16:05   #1
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Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

Hello everyone.

This attachment has a bad photo of the portion of VHF coax (patched up with white electrical tape that is exposed between the place where it comes out of the side of the mast just above deck level and the clam/gland fitting located just in front of the mast.

This is the standard Beneteau setup and leaves the coax (and also the two other cables for steaming light and anchor light) vulnerable to damage caused by genoa sheets.

I would like to do do something to protect those wires from damage caused by the genoa sheets. My boat is far away from civilization so I am looking for a solution that I can make or buy while I am away from the boat an then take it with me to the boat.

Do you have any ideas?
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Old 09-09-2015, 17:38   #2
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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

Personally I would seal two out of three of those openings and use a small portion of Bimini hardware to make an "L" fitting. The short arm of the "L" going to a deck fitting. The mast wires going into the long part of the "L". If you wish, seal the mast wires into the L with sealant.

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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

How about a short section of handrail?
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How about a short section of handrail?
Thanks. Can you suggest what fittings could I use? I would love to find something likethis but taller and shorter (between bases):
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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

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Hello everyone.

This attachment has a bad photo of the portion of VHF coax (patched up with white electrical tape that is exposed between the place where it comes out of the side of the mast just above deck level and the clam/gland fitting located just in front of the mast.

This is the standard Beneteau setup and leaves the coax (and also the two other cables for steaming light and anchor light) vulnerable to damage caused by genoa sheets.

I would like to do do something to protect those wires from damage caused by the genoa sheets. My boat is far away from civilization so I am looking for a solution that I can make or buy while I am away from the boat an then take it with me to the boat.

Do you have any ideas?
Perhaps a PVC conduit ell would cover the 3 existing fittings.

Cantex 1-1/2 in. LB Conduit Body-R5133667 - The Home Depot

You could cut holes to line up & fit over existing fittings,screw it to deck with appropriate bedding,route cables into it (via a length of conduit?) & screw the cover on. Drill a small (1/4") drain hole in aft end ?
Google PVC Conduit Ells & browse PDF catalog from IBEX-Scepter to choose shape,size & location of conduit conn. holes. pg 30-33

My thru-dex fittings were far enough from mast base to allowed me to use a 6x6x6 PVC box to sit on over fittings. I painted it white & it has been water tight for 8yrs now.

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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

An alternative way to that metal handhold - a curved section of a wooden plank sikaflexed edge-on will do the job. Teak better than other woods - looks best and rots least.

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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

How about a couple of fairleads for the genoa sheet to lead it past the fittings without rubbing? --it looks as if it wouldn't have to deflect the sheet very far at all.

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Re: Smart way of protecting exposed coax from genoa sheets

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How about a couple of fairleads for the genoa sheet to lead it past the fittings without rubbing? --it looks as if it wouldn't have to deflect the sheet very far at all.

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Sorry if the photo is misleading, the clams/glands are in the front (not side) of the mast and the sheets touch the cables only when tacking. Therefore unless I missed something, a fairlead would not help.
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An alternative way to that metal handhold - a curved section of a wooden plank sikaflexed edge-on will do the job. Teak better than other woods - looks best and rots least.

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Thanks; you make me think of a solid teak block (or hollow box) in which I can carve holes for the wires... Now I wil need to find someone who works well with wood. Thanks again!
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