I added an steaming light and all around anchor light all in one to the top of the mast. This involve drilling through the top 10 inches of the solid cap to access the hollow center. I tried ever so hard to snake a new line through both holes starting at the side access hole at the bottom. It was not to be. With great misgivings and with my friend Paul Kelley's help, I removed the monstrous lead counterweight at the mast base. A double row of #10 screws came out of the collar and the ~125 lb bulb was let down with a 4:1 tackle.
At this point I had a strait shot with the snake starting at the top and threading right out the open lower end.
The lead proved way to much for me to re-lift with the tackle so I hauled out an old chain hoist I had in storage and attached it to a brace over head. Ever so slowly I was able to raise the lead into place and screw it back on. What a job!
This is under the stateroom bed which is sealed with foam, I assume for floatation (not near enough to make a difference). I hacked my way to the floor where I will install the backing plate for the Dynaplate ground plate.
I mentioned that I was going to have to drill four holes in the floor. "To let the water out," quipped my friend Paul. That plays well on a sailors fear of leaks, does it not?
A heat lamp was placed at a suitable distance to facilitate overnight drying. Tomorrow I will re-drill the holes and hopefully install with bedding and backing the Dynaplate per Guest's instructions. A #4 cable will be attached to the gold lug and run to the negative side of the battery. A 2 inch copper foil will be extended to a place just below the HF antenna installation to serve as counterpoise. The 18 inch plate is purported to offer the equivalent of 100 square feet of copper surface.