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Hi all

I sail on the Norfolk Broads so any other Sonatas same region get in touch as tips or crew welcome. I'm a 'born again boater' after long years not sailing tho' with lots of dinghy experience to the end of school so I'm in revision & learning cabin boat handling now. 

Bought in May 2018, I'm slowly renovating my 32 year old Sonata 7. Currently, dealing with solar powered electrics specifically with nav lights. Any advice on ridding the tricolor plastic of weathering? 

From contact with Steve Goacher, a marine engineering firm & observation, the cable will have to be external to the mast. Anyone got experience of this? I dont want to use cable ties is am as Green as possible ie Buy less, share more, re-use, re-purpose...

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Masthead aerial and tricolour light on Saraband have both wires internal to the mast.

Took a bit of juggling to get them down but mostly pulled down using a line pulled through mast with main halyard. Bottom 2 feet was the hardest, as teh main halyard came out about that far above mast step, so had to drop a mouse down the last bit. I taped the two wires together inside the mast but probably wouldn't do that next time as it meant I had to remove both when I had to replace the VHF aerial wire after it snagged when dropping the mast and got broke too short to solder a repair. 

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On 10/03/2019 at 23:11, Mark Taylor said:

Masthead aerial and tricolour light on Saraband have both wires internal to the mast.

Took a bit of juggling to get them down but mostly pulled down using a line pulled through mast with main halyard. Bottom 2 feet was the hardest, as teh main halyard came out about that far above mast step, so had to drop a mouse down the last bit. I taped the two wires together inside the mast but probably wouldn't do that next time as it meant I had to remove both when I had to replace the VHF aerial wire after it snagged when dropping the mast and got broke too short to solder a repair. 

Mark, Tricky but possible, thanks.

 

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Thanks Mark. As there's no exit from inside this mast except halyard holes which would probably foul cable (correct me if wrong) gave up. Also there are trees along the banks where i sail, sometimes unavoidable if oncoming vessel. I have now heard I only have to have masthead light if on seaways. Thanks.

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