Marine Electronics Q&A with BOE Marine - VHF antenna advice needed
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08-05-2012, 02:05 PM
The Shakespeare 8' fiberglass VHF antenna that came on our 2003 boat is failing; it still works, but the glass fibers are separating. Can I presume that replacement is the way to go? What would you recommend?
08-05-2012, 02:43 PM
Tape it with PVC so you don't get splinters. Replace it at your convenience.
I suppose you could hit it with gel-coat but I've never heard of anyone trying that.
08-05-2012, 04:44 PM
Thank,. Kamper. I am worried about splinters; my convenience looks like some down time in October. I'm wondering if a one-for-one replacement with a (relatively) inexpensive Shakespeare is the way to go, or should I plan on bigger bucks for another option? if so, what is the best option, and the best price?
08-05-2012, 04:54 PM
I got by with a short steel whip (Shakespeare) mounted to my bimini rail. The membership here apears to be split netween Digital and Shakespeare. If you've been having good luck with what you have I'd replace it with the same model or the current version.
Scan the threads here in the BOE forum and also the Electronics forum. There are dozens of antenna discussions that might help you decide.
08-06-2012, 06:29 PM
I would replace it with a similar sized antenna. I prefer Shakespeare. They come in versions from $30 to $130. Since $130 is a drop in the bucket on a boat I'd suggest a good one. Try the 525-XP. It will have the best construction on the market and should last an easy 15 years.
08-07-2012, 11:34 AM
Replaced mine last year and did the research. Was actually ready to push the button on a digital until someone send me a field test between Digital, Shakespeare, and a European brand. A dealer did in New England ran the test. A Shakespeare outperformed the Digital. Getting old and can't remember the model number but it was the Shakespeare Horizon heavy duty model. Search a bit and I bet you'll find it. Whole lot cheaper also.