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Generally, IMHO, you shouldn't have a water-tight connector at the bottom of the mast. Most masts get some water in them, via rain, halyard slots, etc. and if the bottom of the mast is water tight...how is the water supposed to get out??
As for wire gauge, it depends on how much of a load you're going to put on the wire and what distance the wire run is. I try to size the wire for a 3% voltage drop for the heaviest load I might put on the circuit, and then go up a size. Slightly oversized wire is cheap insurance against electrical circuit problems.
Originally Posted by Danny33
While were on it ..
Is it common pratice to have a water tight connecter at the bottom of the mast or a loop when the mast may be pulled for the wiring .
Im going to run it all new . so I may as well do it the proper way ...led for all above .
Talked to CG up here for lighting ..is it better to run a three and a two wire .
Anchor ..tri on top ( seperate ground) for three up top ..two for steaming and spreder lights .
I'd like to run a system ground up the mast back to batt ..grd
14 wire good or can I get by with less with led ?
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