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Old 05-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default Mounting VHF antennae to console.

Am going to install a fixed mount VHF and looking for advice, or recommendations on the type of antennae to mount to the side of console. I have a 19' center console with a bimini top.
I am between a 3' whip style or a 4' fiberglass style, with either one being mounted to the starboard side of the console.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Will one work better than the other?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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fiberglass 4' will work better overall vs. 3' whip, just bigger (obviously..) and more $$. I have 3' whip on my 21' bay boat and reception seems great, and its not intrusive.

Used a West Marine white plastic adjustable rail mount and Shakespeare "extension" (adds 18" or so) under Shakespeare "Skinny Mini whip:
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i've got an 8ft shakespeare on my 19cc mounted with a rachet mount... a little overboard but reception is good for miles! I would rather have too much than not enough.
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I have a 4' Shakespeare in about exactly the place you are thinking about. A couple of caveats:

1.) I get decent enough reception for inshore and near shore (no more than 8-10 miles out.) which is fine for where I do my boating.

2.) If you have a bimini, an 8' antenna becomes a problem. I installed an 8' antenna and after one trip took it right back off. I couldn't fold the antenna astern because of the railing, and when it was forward I couldn't open the bimini. Wound up going back to the 4'

I like the SS whips and from what I've read, reception seems to be just as good. If you go that route, you may be able to do a rail mount and keep it out of the way of the top.
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2.) If you have a bimini, an 8' antenna becomes a problem. I installed an 8' antenna and after one trip took it right back off. I couldn't fold the antenna astern because of the railing, and when it was forward I couldn't open the bimini. .
To avoid that exact problem with an 8' and the bimini, what I have done -- and have on my boat now -- is the rachet mount on one of the bow rails, at the rear end so it's about 1/3 of the way back on the boat. It will lay down to the rear inside the rails at any time AND is totally clear of the bimini, whether the top is up or down. Bow rail instead of console. (You can actually see it in the two left sig photos below.)
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