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Question noisy wiring in mast

Is there a good way to silence my swinging vhf,masthead, and anchor light wiring without affecting the operation of my main and jib sheet halyards? The best access I see is probably through the jib halyard exit plate. The wires are making way too much noise during the night clanging inside the mast when we are trying to sleep.
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I am planning on replacing the wires in my mast. It may even be my weekend project. Not sure of the best way to do it. But I am also interested in what the great minds at sailnet have to say.
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I had the same problem. I rewired the mast and put everything into a pvc conduit that I riveted onto the mast. It’s really the only safe way to go. Due to the movement you hear I’m guessing that the wires are swinging feely and have already begin to wear off the insulation. Letting them swing around for too long could cause a short or you could loose your lighting and vhf just when you need it.

If you want pictures and directions on how I did it let me know. It was an easy project.
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Are you certain the sound is from electrical wires and not rope-tailed wire halyards? We get a similar sound due to boat/mast motion, when the genoa, mizzen and main are raised up to the mastheads, exposing more halyard wire than line to the inner sides of each mast.

When the headsail is removed, mizzen/main furled and all internal halyards are clipped to deck level fittings, the noise stops - assumingly because the halyard lines are in contact, instead of steel wires.
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If you don't want to rivet into your mast try this:

Go to Home depot and buy some styrofoam pipe insulators for hot water piping. Costs about $.99 per 5 feet. They are pre cut along one edge. Pop them open and start slipping them up over the wires. Don't forget to tape them back together after the wires are inside.

A friend of mine did this on his Ketch with hinged masts, it worked great except for the spreaders. The wires that break off from the bundle at the spreaders for the lights stopped the upward push of the foam. We have yet to have an issue with it. Here is one I found on line:

http://www.pearsoninfo.net/36-2/36-2_mast_bottom.jpg
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oversize plastic zip ties placed every few feet with the excess at different angles is a lightweight solution. Also the bottoms of plastic gallon milk jugs cut in an x and pulled over the wires is cheap andlightweight. My mast had pvc riveted to the inside.
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I prefer a proper wiring conduit, but the foam pipe insulator idea has merit as it can be fairly easily retrofitted, while the wire ties generally can not.
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I've used the zip tie method as well with great results. I placed every few feet in a three pointed star formation.

Good luck, clanging wires are very annoying

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