This thread isn't too old, and is exatly my question, so let me add a bit more. I have a Sabre
34, with a overall mast length around 50'. I have the mast out, and am replacing all wires in it. Since I have internal halyards, the foam trick is out. I'm going to be running a conduit to hold the wires. But the question is support.
The boat was built with SOOW wire (black, Home-Depot type extension cord wire). It's lasted 30+ years, but the insulation
is getting a little cracked in places.
I suppose I'll be going with marine
grade wire (since 30 years on SOOW demonstrates how bad that stuff is!), which leads to a problem. I can't simply thread the large single
multi-conductor wire through the mast like Sabre
did, and be confident that the entire cable is supported, since I can't seem to find 14/4 marine
cable (GenuineDealz sells 4 conductor cable, but nothing smaller than #10). That means I'll have 4 individual conductors coming out the top. Any ideas on how to support them effectively? I guess I could just tie an overhand knot
in the whole bundle, which would probably hold it well. But that seems so red-neck.
Oh, and I'll be upgrading the factory 16 gauge to 14 gauge while dropping the lighting
load from incandescent to LED. Sometimes the modern recommendations seem to ignore what worked for so many years.
Thanks for any thoughts!