Here is what I did last year when my mast was down:
* inspected and cleaned or replaced all sheaves
* replaced anchor and steaming lights with LEDs (I used Hella Marine ones)
* replaced all wiring, except for VHF
* inspected all standing rigging
* replaced halyards
* cleaned out all mast step drains
* replaced dead wind instrument (I used a homemade system built around a Davis instrument. If I were buying new I'd just get the Raymarine i40 for about $400).
Here is what I wish I had also done:
* add spinnaker crane and internal spinnaker topping lift
* add mast hardware to support a solent stay
* replace standing rigging
* replace VHF cable with a smaller diameter one
Thanks, I'll definitely be changing out the VHF cable and antenna while it's down. I'm still trying to decide what I should do about what I'll do about wind instruments but I have time right now. I'll have to print this thread out, all good lists. Thanks
I would consider running at least one spare Simnet or NMEA 2000 cable up there for future expansion.
That is a good idea because I am not sure what system I will be going with for electronics. So running the wire (or two) may be the smartest thing right now.
Instead of running spare wires I would suggest having messenger lines strung inside your wiring conduit and in the area for halyards. Pearson shipped my boat with both sets of messenger lines and they are very handy.
Noted, thanks. The mast is still wrapped in shrink wrap so not sure if there is conduit or not. I'll find out this week, I get home from work in the morning.
If you have ssb you could consider putting a DSC (recieve) acknowlegement antenna on the top of the mast. You whould get better advice than me but a separate antenna is something that is overlooked by some installers.
I don't plan on doing SSB, I'll probably just get sat radio or INMARSAT down the road. I'll need one of them for some offshore races too.
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