Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hamburg and Wilson NY
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Re: Mast wiring strain relief
The old wiring in my mast was run through foam. After years of slight moisture getting in the mast through the head as well as baking in the summer, the foam turned to dust and muddied up my bilge constantly as it came down from inside the mast. I do not suggest this as a long term solution.
Odd. I did mine 16 years ago, and the pipe insulation (I believe it's a poly-whatchamacallit material is still like new. I lower the mast each winter as part of winter storage, and the foam now looks like it did on day one. Of course, that also holds true for the insulation I actually used for my plumbing, back in 1985. Maybe the foam in Dave's mast was something other than pipe insulation.
Paul Van Voorhees
Certified Tohatsu TLDI Technician
Mgr, Obersheimer Sails
Buffalo, NY USA