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I am replacing both my mast light wiring and antenna cable on my 23' Macgreggor trailor sailor.For the mast light ,I will be using a water proof 2 pin plug type w/the screw on cap protector.Not sure how to make the proper connection with the RG-8x cable I am purchasing.Do I use the gold plated m/f Pl-259's (page 36 in Wests)??
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West Marine: Coax Cable Deck Fittings Product Display

With the Coax connector you will have a coax connector exposed to the weather and an extra splice in the cable. With a cable clam, there is no splice, a straight run to the radio.
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West Marine: Coax Cable Deck Fittings Product Display

With the Coax connector you will have a coax connector exposed to the weather and an extra splice in the cable. With a cable clam, there is no splice, a straight run to the radio.
If you're going to step and un-step the mast for a trailer sailor - you probably need some sort of disconnect on the deck.
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If you're going to step and un-step the mast for a trailer sailor - you probably need some sort of disconnect on the deck.
I think sailingdogs idea is what I am after.Although there will be a extra splice,I don't relish the hassle of pulling 5ft of cable through the cabin.I like to keep things simple.Thanks everyone!
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I used a cable clam on deck, and a single connector right under it - inside. This keeps connector accessible and dry, and still allows for easy cable removal.
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Just drill a hole, what would happen the worst?
Oh s..t, yeah that waht the previous owner did with my boat
Let me know what's the conclusion of this debate before I begin this project....
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I used a cable clam on deck, and a single connector right under it - inside. This keeps connector accessible and dry, and still allows for easy cable removal.
As for the weather elements getting to the connector in sailingdogs post.I'm sure they would come with a protective cap.
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