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31 Oday mast question

We have finished our update of our interior. Is there somewhere here that I can post pictures? We did: AC & DC rewired, all teak stripped and redone, new LED lighting, rebuild nav table and box, put new carpet on walls and installed new plumbing fixtures. We finally got to go out for the first time last Friday.... THRILLED!!!! Thanks to all who answered our questions during our project.

Now a new one, I what to replace mast head light and steaming light with steaming / deck light. Anyone have any experience with running new wiring in the mast??

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I'm told there is a conduit for wiring inside the mast and plan to pull it on my O30 this winter. should be pretty simple to do. congrats on getting her splashed!
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Denise, Ill let you know if its that "easy". Hope so. Heading up the mast in the next day or so.
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Mast Light Repair

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Denise, Ill let you know if its that "easy". Hope so. Heading up the mast in the next day or so.
It took much longer to complete this project but it is finally done. When I first went up the mast, I found the original mast light unusable, so ordered a combo steaming light and deck light. The original wire had a problem somewhere because when 12v DC was put to the wire there was no power at the light. I tried to pull 3 new 12 gague wires ( 1 common ground and 2 power wires ) but it got stuck somewhere up the mast and separated. I used a 1 oz trolling weight which fit through the hole in the mast and nylon twine and dropped it down and fished it out. Attached the new wires to the twine and pulled it with no problem. Connected every thing and now have lights. If you still have the old wire in your mast and want to pull new wire be sure the diameter is the same or smaller then the original wire so it does not get stuck like mine did. I think there must be some type of stand off inside the mast to keep the wires from slapping on the mast but the hole in them is very close to the size of the wire.

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We recently pulled the mast on a 1980 Oday 30 (almost the same as a 31) and will be replacing all mast wiring in the Spring, and installing internal halyards. There is no conduit in the mast, but we can see at least two places where the wires are held in place by twisted wire anchored somehow on the inside of the mast. What we will do (and have done on other mast rewiring jobs) is to remove all, then install conduit pop riveted to the inside wall. The trick is to position the pop rivets accurately, and of course, the mast has to be out of the boat. A quick and dirty method (not recommended) is to slather the bundled wires with sealant, then pull them into the mast and hope they stick. I've seen this done, but never done it myself.
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