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Mast Upgrades/Maintenance

I have my mast down due to mast step repair, so I am going to work on the mast when it is down.  Other than lights (led) any suggestions on upgrades or maintenance while I have it down?  The wire to the VHF antenna looks really old so maybe new wire and antenna.  TV antenna, wifi antenna?  I think I want some led spreader lights.  What am I forgetting?
 

Catalina 36 MK1
1984 Hull #306

 

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Additional things to look at:
Check/retape the spreader chafe boots. Inspect the spreader mast mounts-somewhere I recall reading about a potential cracking problem. You may want to search this site for detail. Inspect the swage fittings for signs of broken stay strands. Run a cloth along the stays to see if it catches on any cracked or broken stays.

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I took my mast down last fall to repaint it.  I found that one of the spreader base castings was broken.  This is a small part that sits between the spreader and the mast.  Probably not a critical part, but with it broken there is a little bit of fore-and-aft wobble to the spreader, and it puts additional pressure on the pins holding the spreader in place.  I ordered replacements on Catalina Direct.

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Any plans for a mast mounted radar.  If so an additional power line.   Light for windex   Improved deck/steaming light
 

 Be sure and get a quality sealed anchor light (marinebeam).  

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Thanks guys!  

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