I need some advice on best way to run wires for lights and antennas up the shrouds of our 1956 30ft wooden schooner. I'm unwilling to route a channel in the solid masts so running up the stays seems like an inevitable (if unfortunate) reality.
I am really hoping not to have to just use wire ties all the way up the shrouds. The shrouds are pretty small wire 1/4" galvanized with just bare wire slush, i.e. no service except around the softeyes.
I was thinking:
1) slush the galvanized with a bare wire mix
2) attach electric wires to galvanized shrouds using cloth friction tape (up from the deck just like parceling)
3) seize with seine twine at periodic intervals (maybe 12-16 in) to avoid serving all the way up the wire which seems like overkill
4) slush the seizings (or maybe both seizings and tape)
The particulars of the wires to be run are:
Foremast: Need 5 conductors (14awg) for anchor light and combo deck/steaming light. Possibly just one wire as Ancor makes a 5 conductor mast cable.
Main: 3 wires, Radar (Data and Power) & VHF
Am I over-complicating this? Should I just go with wire ties? Should I parcel and serve all the way up over both the shrouds and the electrics?
Thanks in advance.