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post #2 of Old 08-21-2008
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Cool Cheoy Lee Wood Mast Wiring Problem

I have a 1978 Cheoy Lee 38 ketch with the wood masts and encountered the very same problem. From talking to other owners in the area I believe that Cheoy Lee installed wire routing blocks inside the masts when they were being constructed in Hong Kong, creating a problem for those of us trying to change out wiring, post-production. I, too, was unable to re-wire my mast with new wires, including the installation of radar cable. So, I did the next best thing, which was to install 3/4 inch PVC tubing along the rear quadrant of the main mast and run my wires into the cabin to that way. Suprisingly, the tubes are almost invisible to the casual eye and do not interfere with sail or halyard function. The only other alternative would be to dry dock the boat, unstep the mast and hollow out the wiring cavity (top and bottom). Perhaps next year, but at the moment the PVC is doing the job.
Dan Place
S/V Patty Marie
Ventura Harbor, Ventura, CA
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