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I am looking to replace my mast wire for the anchor, steaming, and foredeck light. I am only finding a 3-way wire and looking for a 4-way (i.e. grounding wire too). I have looked around a bit online and cannot find a 4-way only the 3-way wire. Any thoughts on where to find one? I need about 100 feet because I want to run new wire to the panel, too. What is a good gauge that would provide the least resistance? Also, what is a good connector at the base of the mast. The mast gets removed each year and is about 50 feet in length. The boat is a 1979 34' sabre.

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Considering that your anchoring light should be at the mast head and the steaming and foredeck light should be between the spreaders and the mast head, I would expect two sets of wires one pair each, no?

Regarding wire size verses length:

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How many light bulbs and what are the numbers on the bulbs? The numbers can be checked to find the watts per bulb and from that the wire gauge determined, but we also need to know how long the wire run is from fuse box to on/off switch to mast to distance up the mast for each light fixture. The ground wire will have to be bigger than the other wires because it carries return current for all the lights.
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Check out this link... Genuinedealz > Mast Cable UL 1426 Marine Grade AWG Round Wire Multi Conductor Tinned Wiring

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