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NCBrew
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Initially Posted - 06/22/2021 :  08:28:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to run a wire down the mast to connect anchor light and spreader light. I have tried many times to lower a line down the mast entering at the opening at the cruising light thru the hole in the mast to the deck.
There just does not seem to be any room to run the wire.
Any suggestions?

1998 Catalina 250WK
Ravaging
Albemarle Sound,NC

I spent most of my money on boats and beer, the rest I just wasted.


doublereefed
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Response Posted - 06/22/2021 :  12:06:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did this last year. There are small/long fish tapes. I couldn't find at Home Depot etc. Ordered online. Will look at make/model tonight. I used lube for pulling lines (from Home Depot). There was one point right at about the spreaders where it took several times of pushing/prodding to get it through. Pulled a complete new harness for the mast/running/steaming lights. THAT SAID... with all the manufacturing and variations over the years your mileage may vary.

And be sure to tape the fish tape/wire joint up so that it has a smooth edge that will slip over/around/past/through obstacles.

Stupid me, I didn't pull a new VHF antenna cable because I was sure it was the connectors. So... have another pull I will have to do.

'95 C250 WB #61
Midway, UT

Edited by - doublereefed on 06/22/2021 12:07:44
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NCBrew
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Response Posted - 07/11/2021 :  07:28:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am going to raise my mainsail and then attach a wire to the mainsail halyard where it enters the mast then lower the mainsail and hope to recover it at the steaming light is located.

1998 Catalina 250WK
Ravaging
Albemarle Sound,NC

I spent most of my money on boats and beer, the rest I just wasted.


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