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Inside the mast wiring connection-help!

I'm having a hard time finding a solid and simple quick-connect/disconnect plug and socket for this. Can anyone recommend something for me. Thanks.
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Re: Inside the mast wiring connection-help!

All kinds of electrical quick-connects available... see the image search below, or search for 'military connectors' too....

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Re: Inside the mast wiring connection-help!

You might find it easier to run the wires through the mast step into the cabin, then connect them there. You can use a simple terminal strip that way for electrical connectors, and a coupling connector for RF connections.

I've had one boat with connectors inside the mast above the mast step and one with them below the mast step. The latter is a lot easier to deal with, the former required the mast to be lifted up slightly, connectors disassembled, then the mast lifted up the rest of the way.

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Re: Inside the mast wiring connection-help!

I haven't tried these on my mast connectors but I know they work for lots of other things and make very good quick disconnects. They can be assembled stacked various ways and are polarized to prevent improper connections. They will pull apart without damage and are reasonably secure when mated.

Google "Anderson Power Pole" for more information.
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Re: Inside the mast wiring connection-help!

I faced the same problem five years ago: I used a couple of flat-4 trailer wiring plugs to take care of all the circuits (anchor, tri-color, steaming, foredeck, strobe, plus two grounds). No issues (yet )

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