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Changing Coax in the mast.

I'm hoping someone has done this or has some tips that may help. I am changing coax cable that runs inside my mast. I'm doing it w the stick up and will be using a bosuns's seat. The plan is to use a thin rope at the top, connected to the cable and then to haul it out at the base and then pull the new cable through. This will be done w the boat on the hard...but I gotta do it.
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Everything I've heard says going up in a chair while on the hard is a recipe for disaster! DO NOT DO IT ! .... at least until somebody smarter than me comes along to discuss it...
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Agree, Not a good idea to go aloft while the boat's on stands. Many yards have a bucket available for a reasonable price. Otherwise, wait 'till she's wet. You shouldn't be needed the VHF until then anyway.
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My suggestion is that when you eventually do this you leave a "messager line" inside your mast. Should you ever have to repair the coax or any other cable or internal halyard you can always utilize it.

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I'm going to repeat this as this has been said before but is really important:

DO NOT GO UP THE STICK ON THE HARD

The boat is supported on stands and has NO self-righting effect, as the center of gravity is above the boat's main point of support—the keel, and if it starts to tip, it's going all the way over.

If you need to do this while on the hard, rent a bucket truck instead...

Using a thin line and pulling it through using the old coax is a pretty good way to do it. Make sure you securely connect the two and overwrap the connection with tape so that it doesn't hang up on anything.

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I'm hoping someone has done this or has some tips that may help. I am changing coax cable that runs inside my mast. I'm doing it w the stick up and will be using a bosuns's seat. The plan is to use a thin rope at the top, connected to the cable and then to haul it out at the base and then pull the new cable through. This will be done w the boat on the hard...but I gotta do it.
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