Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Would PEX work for mast wiring through-deck?
I have a Cal 2-27 and just took the mast down due to evidence of water intrusion down below. As expected, water had been traveling down the wire bundle that goes through the mast step and deck. I would like to properly prepare the hole with over-drilling, epoxy, etc, then use a conduit of some sort to make an inch or two of standpipe above the step, extending down through the deck to act as a conduit. I've been trying to figure out what material to use. I was thinking of bronze, but then I got worried about the bronze running through the mast step made of an unknown metal (3/4" hole in the mast step, by the way.) I thought of PVC, but heard (here) that epoxy won't bond to the PVC. Maybe it doesn't need to, and I can just use some other type of sealant?
Anyway, I have two specific questions:
- What is the established means of getting wiring through the deck inside the mast (I don't want to have a fitting outside the mast as I have seen on some boats?)
- If conduit is a proper solution, what material is best and how should it be secured and/or sealed?
Many thanks as always…
EDIT: Forgot to mention that I bought a short piece of 3/4" PEX today because it was cheap and was a pretty blue color.