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Old 12-10-2014, 10:42   #1
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New Stuff Up the Mast

We're starting a new electronics upgrade on Tuesday on our B473. We'll be replacing two E80s (one up, one down) with one E125 along with replacing the data heads with three i70's (two up, one down), one i60, and one P70R. Also upgrading the sound system to Fusion with JL audio speakers. The plan is to use a dedicated iPad at the nav to repeat hoping that will suffice and not purchase another chartplotter. We already have backup units and paper charts galore. We'll haul indoors for the winter in November with the mast out to allow the installer to more easily put a few items up the mast. 4kw HD radar, AIS/VHF, UFO Dantronics TV/FM antennas, Wave wifi rogue, and Hella led spreader lights. Obviously, this is a pretty major project and I'd like to not store indoors next winter and leave the mast in (that is not the topic here). The question is what else would would you put up the mast while it's out to add safety and enjoyablity? I'd rather spend the money now, right? More lights? Horn? Thoughts on anything here is greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-10-2014, 10:54   #2
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Re: New Stuff Up the Mast

I'd rebuild the masthead, pulling every screw, replacing pins and rollers as needed, and reassemble with Tef-Gel. AS well, upgrade lighting and wiring, depending on its condition.

On mine I even put in a couple folding mast steps close to the top so if I had to climb up I could raise myself above the mast head to do work, if need be. Which I've already used.
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Re: New Stuff Up the Mast

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I'd rebuild the masthead, pulling every screw, replacing pins and rollers as needed, and reassemble with Tef-Gel. AS well, upgrade lighting and wiring, depending on its condition.

On mine I even put in a couple folding mast steps close to the top so if I had to climb up I could raise myself above the mast head to do work, if need be. Which I've already used.
Hell...

While you're at it, I'd throw another 125 and a cappuccino machine at the masthead if you go for the tippy top stick steps...
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Re: New Stuff Up the Mast

Fixed radar reflector, hailer from vhf?
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Gollygosh, the boat's going to look like a mushroom farm with all those antennas.
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Remove the sails. There won't be room for them.
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You are replacing all bulbs with LEDs?
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Backup masthead nav lights with photovoltaic cell for anchor light if you anchor out much. Or spreader height anchor light instead of masthead
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Convert anchor light to led at the very least.


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