Hi to all,
Thank you for all the great information about your experiences pulling wires through the mast! Your suggestions were very helpful in helping me complete this project
Finished the task the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend. It was a tedious task. The mast was standing and our boat was tied to a mooring
ball for this 2 1/2 day project
1. There was conduit - Yeah!
2. Conduit was already FULL!
3. Needed to remove one combined radar/power cable
4. Needed room for 3 new wires, radar data and power cables, and fog
5. Did I tell you the radar data connectors were too large to fit into conduit
6. New radar mount was milled incorrectly and wouldn't assemble
7. New radar mount needed additional "optional" parts
- 2 week delivery
8. New radar wouldn't fit on old mounting base
9. Found a great marine
fabricator to make new radar mounting base
10. Everything fits inside the radar guard - Yeah!
11. Back to the wires - I want to give up! That's unusual for me.
12. Used many of your GREAT suggestions
13. Clear wire lube is the best!
14. Cut off data connector - no way it's going to fit inside the conduit
15. Used old radar cable to pull messenger line up the mast conduit
16. Staggered the 3 new wires and made half hitches with the messenger line in 6-inch intervals with a small amount of electrical tape around each half hitch
17. Applied clear wire lube
18. Did I tell you I'm AFRAID of heights?
19. I'm a little less AFRAID after climbing the mast 14 times
20. I pushed the wires into the mast, while my partner pulled the messenger line from the mast base inside the cabin
. REMEMBER - conduit already full and replacing one thick wire with 3 wires, connector, and messenger line plus tape
21. With much persuasion we get the wires through the mast base - Thank God!
22. Removed old radar - whew - didn't drop it! Spinnaker
lines are useful.
23. Installed new fabricated mount
24. Installed new radar - whew - didn't drop it! - Put radar inside my duffle bag and used the spinnaker
to pull it up to me
25. Installed new fog
26. Connected all wires
27. Supported and secured wires to mast
28. Added chafe protection to mast / wire entrance
29. Kissed the deck!
30. Pulled and secured wires through all kinds of chases on the boat
31. Installed wires to appropriate instruments, MFD's, power and networks
32. EVERYTHING WORKS!
33. Sold all our old instruments, chart plotter, radar and instrument pod
34. Updated and Commissioned the new electronics
35. REWARD - sailed solo to Catalina Island
for the week. Friends joined me there.
Thanks again to the CF family
for your excellent helpful posts.