What we really need is a wireless antenna unit for the masthead, that would be slick. No idea if one exists or if costs as much as a new boat if it does.
The VHF antenna (typically only about 20" long, with a impedance matching device at the base) actually radiates 25W of RF power, or the equivalent of 2A at 12 V, so there is no way to have a wireless device at the masthead that would not also need a very husky battery, somewhat defeating the purpose.
Moore 24s and the ilk may have short enough masts that they can get away with using RG-58 instead of RG-274 coax, the RG-58 being a lot lighter.
This whole discussion is getting kind of tiresome.
"My boat doesn't look cool with lifelines" waaaaa
"The dinky engine I installed is too small, and the fuel smells" waaaaa
"It is too much of a pain to run a masthead antenna" waaaaa
So are these rules to have some sort of wildcard feature, whereby all racers/owners can choose to ignore any one or two rules of their choice?