Originally Posted by Jim Cate
We recently had our mast
out (22 years old) and did a bunch of mods and fixes. Did replace the wiring
, based on the condition of the bits that were external to the mast, ie between teh mast (or masthead) and the light/instrument itself. Those external inches were UV damaged with cracks in the external insulation
... but after pulling it all out, the rest of the wire was in perfect shape. There was plenty of extra, so we could have simply pulled a few inches out and replaced the terminals... but once it was out, I went ahead and used new. Not all that expensive, but I had one of those "gee, that was wasteful" moments.
Out of curiosity, which tricolor have you selected?
I'm going with the Aqua Signal Series 34 LED tricolor/anchor light. It got the top rating in a recent YM test, beating Lopo, Hella, and the rest. For optical quality. I would have been temped by Lopo, but the number of failure reports puts me off. Plus the Aqua Signal is less than half the price
. Always had Aqua Signal on all my boats over a few decades, so quite happy to continue the tradition.
Beware however the Series 32 tricolor/anchor, which apparently had some problems. The Series 34 is updated and I sure hope trouble free. I have had enough expensive, premium gear
(Victron, are your ears burning?) fail already to last me for a while.