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Threading radar wire through the mast
I am installing a new Raymarine 18" radome (RD418D) on my 1995 Catalina 36 and am having trouble threading the cable through the mast.
The original radar was a Furuno 1621, so I increased the size of the hole in the mast since the RD418D has a larger cable. The hole is now about 1.25" x 1" and is large enough for the connector to fit through. The mast is out of the boat, so I decided to thread the cable up from the bottom though the PVC wire conduit. I got the connector up to the hole, but cannot get it out of the PVC wire conduit since the connector's bend radius is too large. I have two questions:
1. Is it easier to thread the cable in the other direction down the mast instead of up?
2. If someone has done this before I would love to know how large the hole in the mast should be for this type of Raymarine radar cable.