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Old 08-01-2020, 08:27 AM
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I am looking at ordering Shakespeare's quick ratching mount for our 20 foot dc. But cant deside ss or nylon. Any advantages/disadvantage over one or the other. Also going to order their 4 foot and 8 foot quick connect antenna. 4 foot for inshore and 8 foot for when weather is nice to get offshore. Any help would be appreciated.
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This year I put two new 8 ft. antenna's on my boat.I thought I had a nylon mount on one antenna so I ordered another. Well it sucked .mount bent when antenna was moved by hand,not sturdy at all! got a SS mount from West Marine problem solved
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Never had nylon hardware, but I'm old school and believe the SS will be stronger, more durable, and function superiorly. And, looks 'more better'. I have the SS ratchet mount for my antenna.
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Is your boat the 20' DC in your signature?
If so, the you really aren't going to be running offshore, which by most everyone's definitions is more than 20 nm from land.
Nylon mounts are cheap - unless you can't swing the $40 for a stainless mount you want SS.
For your application, I wouldn't bother with two antennas - a high quality 4' antenna will give you far better performance than you think - for the line of sight any small boat has, compared to an 8' when calling the USCG it is negligible and the lower gain (3db) on the 4' antenna does a much better job in keeping the signal from chopping off at a distance as the boat pitches and roll.
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I agree. If you get hit broadside by a nasty wake in a 20’ boat, that 8’ antenna will get whipped back and forth in a frightening manner and may even break off at the mount.
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I went with a stainless ratcheting mount and a 4' Shakespeare. I never need to drop the antenna down backing into covered storage or the slip, and reception and transmission seems to work really well.
And I'm able to drop it for trailering.
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Shakespeare has two SS options get the one that’s a little more expensive
it’s there HD model I have two thru bolted with 8’ antennas they are nice
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Originally Posted by Clamcove23 View Post
Shakespeare has two SS options get the one that’s a little more expensive
it’s there HD model I have two thru bolted with 8’ antennas they are nice
Yep, definitely what Clamcove says. My mount is bolted to a wide member in the T-top. Hardest part is dealing with the canvas and a grommet to fish the antenna lead through and down the T-top support to connect to the radio.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Is your boat the 20' DC in your signature?
If so, the you really aren't going to be running offshore, which by most everyone's definitions is more than 20 nm from land.
Nylon mounts are cheap - unless you can't swing the $40 for a stainless mount you want SS.
For your application, I wouldn't bother with two antennas - a high quality 4' antenna will give you far better performance than you think - for the line of sight any small boat has, compared to an 8' when calling the USCG it is negligible and the lower gain (3db) on the 4' antenna does a much better job in keeping the signal from chopping off at a distance as the boat pitches and roll.
One why does everyone assume someone cant afford an accessory when they ask a question. Two I did say on good weather days. Which aren't many . I have been 10 and 15 miles offshore in a friend's 21 foot cc and later DC. The curve of the earth is 10 miles and you cant see land anyway. I am not going to be running to the big rock. That would be stupid. Takes to long to get there and back plus in can turn to crap quick. The nylon would blend in better with where I have to mount it. But if its prone to breaking then its stainless. I dont have a hardtop so that why I am thinking of getting both. Hell if they still made the old 6 foot antennas that would be the one I would get .
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I had a nylon mount (two actually) on the t-top of a 20' CC, never broke or had issues except it weather and chalked. It would flex a lot which probably takes some strain off the antenna.
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Originally Posted by Lennync View Post
The curve of the earth is 10 miles and you cant see land anyway..
The USCG runs coastal antennas that are as high a 600' and most are in the 200-300' height range, with the top of your antenna at 6' and the USCG antenna at 300', the line of sight range is 28 miles.
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I have a Digital brand 4’ 4db antenna and really like it. Digital is better constructed than all but the highest priced Shakespeare antennas. I agree that 4’ is fine and SS ratchets work better.
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I have a Digital brand 4’ 4db antenna and really like it. Digital is better constructed than all but the highest priced Shakespeare antennas. I agree that 4’ is fine and SS ratchets work better.
Just installed the same on my boat last week, and tested it out over the weekend. Was able to talk to someone 9.25 miles away boat to boat, with much of that distance being right over the top of trees.
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Huge difference between the two. If you are like me and drop the antennae when you're trailering, then you'll definitely appreciate the SS, and as someone mentioned already, the "HD" version is so much smoother.

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