Mast Electrical Connections - 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 02-28-2010
alofns's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
alofns is on a distinguished road
Mast Electrical Connections

I searched the forum for any previous thread on this so I apologize if I am repeating a question. However...

I have a Redwing 30 that I have been doing minor repair work to the electrical. One of my "projects" was to run power to the mast (nav lights, spreader bar lights to the deck and a anchor light). I had two thur fitting on the deck to power the nav lights and anchor lights, but the wire for deck lights on the spreader bar was cut and coiled up. They are all on seperate circuits which I'd like to keep to allow me to manage my power consumption. I had to remove the 2 prong thur deck fittings (so now I have 2 holes in my cabin roof).

I was wondering if there was an alternative to adding a third thur deck connector and simply run the wires out of one hole and use connector above deck. This would allow me to plug a hole and to avoid the cost of 3 thur deck connectors.

Suggestions?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 02-28-2010
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 6,981
Thanks: 0
Thanked 61 Times in 52 Posts
Rep Power: 7
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
That is what I am doing. My mast wires came through 3 separate holes in the deck and none were epoxy potted like they should be but the core was dry. I have filled the three holes and am now deciding how best to lead the wires through the deck. Maybi a swan neck shaped pipe with the open end facing down and plugged with sealant after the wires are led through it.
You don't really need the mast lights on separate circuits but separate switches so you can control their use.
__________________
Brian
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 02-28-2010
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
How many wires did you need to connect. They make fittings that will handle two, three, four, five, six, and even seven wires.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 02-28-2010
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,372
Thanks: 1
Thanked 72 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
There are waterproof multi-pin connectors out there, they are just hard to find. Some folks use a common 4-pin "trailer" plug and just epoxy the wires through the deck, then grease and tape over the contacts. That can work. And a common ground certainly will work, you just need to remember that common lead will be carrying the combined current from all the lighting, so it needs to be ale to carry that without overheating or dropping your voltage too much.
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 vs. Keel Stepped Masts Envirella Gear & Maintenance 10 11-29-2009 11:06 AM
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
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 08:26 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