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Cal 2-27 anchor and masthead light rewire problems
I have a 1976 Cal 2-27 I bought a few years ago and the navigation lights have never worked. I suspect the mast was down at some point... Katrina survivor and all. Anyway I decided to finally hoist my 250 lb self up the mast and pull the anchor light. I had already identified the wires for it by energizing the breaker and testing to find the live wires. I cut the old wires in the cabin where they run up through the deck next to the compression post, and connected the new wire to the old so I could pull up the new as I pulled out the old. Well, the old wires broke. Come to find out the wires from the actual anchor light fitting were not even the same wires that were connected to the anchor light switch! Anyway, now I got no way to pull the new wire. I try to run a fish tape down the mast and get nowhere. There are frames or baffles or whatever that stop it and I can't find the hole that MUST exist for wiring. If I just knew where it is, like center, forward, aft, to the side, whatever, maybe I could find it.
I really don't want to have to drop this mast. I am on severely limited finances and can't afford to take this to a yard. I don't want to have to run wires up the outside of my mast. I am tired of hoisting flashlights up halyards. I really want to get this mast rewired. Any ideas? Thanks!