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Oday 322 mast wiring

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  1. David11038

    David11038

    Joined Aug 31, 2004
    62 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 322
    US Lake St Clair St Clair Shores
    As soon as it is warm enough, I will be running new wiring for a wind transducer on my Oday 322 - I may also go ahead and rewire the masthead lighting at the same time. My question to other 322 owners is where is the wiring conduit in the cabin? I have only worked on keel stepped masts before (Oday 28) where the wiring runs through the bilge. However, with the deck stepped mast on the 322, I see the wiring harness on the deck and the wiring runs through a gasketed hole in the deck, but once inside the cabin, I can't see where the wiring goes. At the top of the compression post in the cabin, there is a panel that unscrews, but no wiring visible there.
    Suggestions?
     


  2. Tally Ho

    Tally Ho

    Joined Jan 7, 2011
    677 posts, 37 likes
    Oday 322
    US East Chicago, IN
    Good question....I opened the panel on my O322, and cant see any wires in there either...

    Curious to hear what others have found.

    Greg
     


  3. Barnacle Bill

    Barnacle Bill

    Joined Jun 9, 2008
    1,420 posts, 10 likes
    - --
    US -Bayfield
    There might not be. I have worked on boats for decades and sometimes you just have to figure out how to run wires and hide them at the same time.
     


  4. rajhnsn

    rajhnsn

    Joined Oct 7, 2008
    294 posts, 3 likes
    Oday Oday 35
    US Chesapeake Bay
    On the 35 there are channels in the bilge and along the sides below the windows and above the settees.
     


  5. DLB

    DLB

    Joined Aug 21, 2016
    16 posts, 0 likes
    Oday 322
    US Lake St Clair St Clair Shores
    I'll check that's out
     


  6. BwWhisper

    BwWhisper

    Joined Dec 28, 2015
    18 posts, 3 likes
    O'DAY 322
    US Connecticut Bridgeport CT
    I have a 1988 322 which has all wiring running down through the mast, compression post and into the bilge. Could not be sure it's all original but that's how its done. Lighting, radar,and VHF all pass through the bilge then up to the panel on port side passing under the water tank
     


  7. Mickstr

    Mickstr

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    102 posts, 1 likes
    O'Day 322
    US Mt.Sinai
    Agree with BwWhisper, if you pick up the sole panels on either side of the base of the compression post, you'll find the wires coming down from the mast head. At least I do on my '87 322.
     


  8. AndreNJ11

    AndreNJ11

    Joined Feb 22, 2010
    17 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 322
    US Delaware River
    I had my mast down last year (2016). The mast wires in my boat come down through a hole in the middle of the mast in the center of the mast step plate, then down through the stainless compression post and out the side into the bilge, then through a connector bus in the bilge, then under the structural inner hull over to the port side where they come up behind the chart table to the electric panel. I replaced my connector bus in the bilge last year. See the attached pictures.

    IMG_1296.JPG IMG_1353.JPG IMG_1368.JPG
     


  9. David11038

    David11038

    Joined Aug 31, 2004
    62 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 322
    US Lake St Clair St Clair Shores
    Great. Thanks for the detailed response. Hoping for a warm enough day in a week or two to go check it out.
     


  10. David11038

    David11038

    Joined Aug 31, 2004
    62 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 322
    US Lake St Clair St Clair Shores
    I do have to add a question about the wisdom of ODay putting a connector bus in the bilge - isn't it sometimes wet down there?
    :)
     


  11. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    3,478 posts, 268 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Wichita, KS
    You can tell it's pretty damp from the corrosion in the middle picture. Connections should probably be sealed and coated to prevent this.
     


  12. rajhnsn

    rajhnsn

    Joined Oct 7, 2008
    294 posts, 3 likes
    Oday Oday 35
    US Chesapeake Bay
    I added a bus bar because all of the connections were individually made up. It was a mess. I put the bar as high as possible and covered each connection with electrical grease and a plastic cover.
     


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  13. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,063 posts, 349 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I've been using a new product to me. Corrosion Block. It has worked wonders on all types of exposed metals - galvanized, stainless etc. As an example I had a master lock on the lazaret which after 6 months of marine air experience was starting to fail. Sprayed the stuff inside and out. No issues for over a year. I was amazed. Found it at our local chandler. Comes in both a spray and gel grease.
     



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