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Running Wires Down The Mast of a '78 Catalina 30
Hi all - I own a 1978 Catalina 30 -- Standard Rig. The Steaming and Anchor Lights do not work. I climbed the mast thinking I could just change a bulb but with a volt tester figured out I wasn't getting power up there at all. I had a mechanic look at it and he confirmed I had good power at the switch board, and then traced the wires as far as he could before they went up into the headliner. He told me that to continue tracing the wires he'd either have to rip out the headliner or unstep the mast. Neither of these options sound appealing.
Here's my question: Should I be able to run new wires down the mast to the bilge, then back through the cabin to the switchboard? Is there anything inside the mast that is going to prevent the passage of new electrical wires? My friend who is an electrician and I are planning to go down on Saturday to attempt this, but I wanted to see if anyone could tell me if it's even possible before we tried.