Two of the Autumn projects had to do with the mast. The Radar was originally mounted in the most inconvient of places. Whoever mounted the bracket way back when, mounted it directly shadowed by the spreaders. So basiclly I had a blind side. Not completely blind, but more of a blue on black kind of blind.
The other mast project was rewiring the entire stick. In sailing terms the stick is the mast. Most of the original factory wires were still in the mast. Through out the years since other wires and cables have been added. Unfortunetly the newer wires bangled in the large void of the inside of the mast. As the boat would roll the wires would ever so firmly tap the innards of the mast.
Clang.... For over two years I dealt with it.
The time came to stop the madness. Up on the hill I scheduled for the crane to be at the boat as soon as day broke. On appointment the rig came around the corner. The yard hands assisted, and we quickly removed the mast.
Placing the mast along side the boat on sawhorses, all the wires and cables were removed. 12 volt LED lights, VHF Radio, Radar, Network, Wind indicator, and the Hailer are the wires I'm writing about. All of the 12v wire was replaced with new wire. Also the VHF cable was replaced with new cable. The rewiring was elementary. Measure, cut, crimp, and solder. Before lifting the stick back up, all the 12v wires and LED (lights) were tested. Pulling the truck over to the end of the mast base, I used jumper cables to test each one seperately.
The yellow hydraulic beast was scheduled again for the next day. As easy as it was removed, and with help from the yard, it went back into its original place without a hitch.
Actually two hitches were involved. A tail was tied to the mast using two half hitches. The tail helped to manuver it vertically. The mast went through the mast collar/partners and later secured with the Spartite system.
With the rigging and turnbuckles made fast, adjustments took up the better part of the rest of the morning until lunch. Later that night I tried out the new LED spreader lights. Holy Cow Brightness! All that was needed was a Disco ball and ABBA.
Look for the next post " Fun with the FCC".