Removing Radome From Mast - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 01-06-2009
montenido's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 323
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
montenido is on a distinguished road
Removing Radome From Mast

Hi all. I have a 24" radome on my mast that is not attached to a radar head unit. That is the way the boat came when I bought it, so I'm not sure if the dome works or not. The thing is, my genoa almost always catches on the dome, especially in light wind. I don't have any immediate plans to install radar so I thought I would remove the dome and the SS mount. I was thinking that I would leave any wiring in place, if only to use as a fish for new wiring someday. I thought that I would just secure the wiring to the mast, out of the way. I was thinking about using large pop-rivets or aluminum machine screws to plug the holes left by the mount. Any reason not to do this? Another way to go would be to leave the mount, which would present much less of an obstacle for the sail. It might make a very attractive perch for some gulls though...

I am all ears for your ideas and input. Thanks in advance.

Bill
__________________
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA


"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."
Mark Twain

Last edited by montenido; 01-06-2009 at 07:35 PM. Reason: spelling error
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 01-07-2009
billyruffn's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,277
Thanks: 5
Thanked 25 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 10
billyruffn will become famous soon enough
I would think that the frame's screw holes could be filled with an epoxy and sanded smooth. The larger hole in the mast for the radar signal cable may require a "patch" that can be riveted in place. I have a patch / cover over an access port in my mast -- it's an AL plate shaped to the contours of the mast and secured with rivets and sealed with a bedding compound.

Leaving the radar signal cable hanging out of the mast probably won't do any harm, but it won't look that great. You could pull out the radar cable and replace it with a light messenger line which you can secure inside the mast at the cable hole. Tie a few knots in the end of the messenger and secure it in place with a big blob of silicone or epoxy.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deck stepped Mast-Always Bad ? Mrs Mutiny Boat Review and Purchase Forum 24 10-05-2009 07:55 PM
which 38ft boat? bluewaterdreamer Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10 10-03-2007 12:54 PM
Southern Cross 31? db27513 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 35 09-24-2007 10:58 PM
30ft Catalina BigRuss Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 09-09-2006 05:33 PM
Is one better than the other? gandydancer Gear & Maintenance 7 07-11-2002 06:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:02 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.