I removed 2 in-line connectors when I pulled the mast that I suppose are there to allow 'unplugging' the mast. They need to be replaced and I'd like to put one in for the 4 lead anemometer cable. I've been to West Marine, Boaters world, Arrow electric, Auto-Zone. Unless I want to settle for #16 wire pre-molded plugs I got nothing. Any suggestions for a supplier out there?
Post by Jim Eshelman on Aug 12, 2009 21:36:07 GMT -5
My yard has an alternate technique that I like and had done to my previous Pearson 30 and soon will do to my 35 when I rewire the mast. Make the wires long enough to reach into the upper part of the toilet room (or crimp extensions on to them.) A hole is drilled in the side of the mast near the foot and all the wires brought out thru it. Put a rubber grommet on the hole to avoid cutting through the wires over time. A Blue Sea cable clam, available from West, Defender and many others is mounted on the cabin roof nearby and the wire brought into the mast support enclosure inside the boat in the toilet room. Mount a terminal strip there, crimp round lugs on the wire ends and attach to the strip. The cable clam is filled with caulk (we use Boat Life polysulfide) and never leaks a drop all season long. Advantages 1. Now the connections are always accessible *inside* the boat for testing or servicing. No need to unstep the mast. This is a big advantage. 2. No expensive connector to hunt down and buy and maintain. Repair of any connection is simple with widely available parts.