Last weekend, I spent sunny Sunday going over the masts in more detail. I took a look up inside the main mast and discovered that, at some point in the past, some critter setup his house in there. Big wads of straw and stuff had been stuffed up inside. I took a boat hook and tried to pull out as much as I could, but there is still some left. Not sure how I will get it all out.
It was mostly some sort of straw, but there also were bits of foam, candy wrappers and cigarette butts. Whatever kind of critter this was, he certainly did not lead a healthy lifestyle.
While I as poking around in there I discovered that, despite my earlier observation, there is a pvc conduit for wires. It just ends a few feet from the end, and, it has detached from some of the rivets. It is quite small and will have to come out.
On the wires, the main pair of wires running to the top of the mast for lighting is... LAMP CORD! Guess that is how you did things in the 70's.