> I need to install some masthead devices (VHF antenna, light) on our
> Freedom and am wondering about drilling into the carbon fiber mast. Is
> there any special technique I should use to ensure a tight, long-lasting
> fitting? Does drilling compromise the strength of the mast?
> Since the mast does not pass through the deck, I'll have to drill holes
> near the bottom (above the deck) as well. I was toying with the idea of
> running the wires (12V and antenna lead) down the outside of the mast
> along the external mainsail track (perhaps through a thin PVC channel),
> but can think of many more downsides to this approach than benefits.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Dave G.
unstayed carbon fiber mast and it is deck stepped??? I think you should
look again. All the Freedom masts I've seen are keel stepped and you
can run the wiring right to the bottom of the bilge. A light line with
a torpedo sinker dropped down through the top of the mast makes a good
messanger line to pull the rest through.
SV Hind Sight Doc# 691808 San Francisco, Ca.
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Change lightbulb....rewire boat"