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    Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 3:39pm

Short notice as I'm planning to do it tomorrow but any tips for pulling though new cables in the mast.  I need to replace the masthead and steaming-light power cables.  It's an original '78 Kemp mast and I'm guessing there is a conduit in side and I have visions of attaching new cable to the old, pulling out the old but then nothing attached.  The mast is off the boat.

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Hi George
I think you are correct re conduit. If I was doing the task I would pull a double length of strong 'string' through using the old cable but at the first sign of resistance stop & start again! Good luck
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Not sure about the steaming light but on my mast the masthead light wire runs through a conduit beside the track at the back of the mast.  I found that removing the mast crane - the plate at the top of the mast - made it a lot easier to pull the wire through.  I also swapped a couple of the sheaves while I was there.
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Just to report back, I pulled out the old cables replacing with a mouse-line before pulling through new cables for the masthead and steaming lights.   All went well and it was much easier than I was expecting.   Bumped into JR in Lymington and he did say that the steaming light is normally the difficult one so perhaps I was lucky.  New cables are tinned so should last well into the future.

 

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