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Old 04-22-2003, 04:05 AM
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I am planning on mounting my raymarine ray53 VHF radio this week. I have an 18' runabout and space is tight on the console. I was thinking of mounting the radio on the top of the console but under the windshield. It will be just the to left of the steering wheel.

The radio is small enough to fit with good access to it and it will be covered from water and spray. My question is whether the sun/UV light will be harmful to the radio? The other alternative is to bury it about where my knees are. I plan on removing the radio when not in use.
Does anyone have any thoughts on placing the radio on top of the console?

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Old 04-22-2003, 05:21 AM
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You will not have a problem mounting it on the console. Are you left handed? If not, the right side might be better, then the cord will not interfer with the steering wheel.

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Old 04-22-2003, 07:04 AM
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SeaMoose,

My boat is about the same size as yours, and I have (from left to right) a Garmin 182c GPS/plotter, Ritchie High-Speed Compass, Icom 402s VHF, and a Raymarine fishfinder on the top of the console.

The area is full, but everything is within my line of sight and protected by the windshield from any direct spray. So far, no issues with any of the instruments.
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:07 AM
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thanks for the help. I will get it mounted this week after work and I am ready to go.

now if the weather would just cooperate

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Old 04-22-2003, 02:11 PM
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If your radio has an internal speaker it has a big magnet too. Magnets and compasses are not friends. If you have a magnetic compass on top of your console, watch it for any movement when you set the radio in place. If the compass moves at all the radio speaker is too close. I had to mount my radio on the far left side of my console to get enough distance between the speaker in the left side of the radio and the compass. That got it far enough away not to change my magnetic heading.

Actually, when I bought the boat it had the radio mounted inside the console door just under the compass. When we took the boat out my buddy noticed the compass heading was wrong. We put the boat into a circle and it never moved. Then whip!!! it flipped around 360 degrees in one second. Back at the house we realized the problem, moved the the radio and the compass started working!!!

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Old 04-24-2003, 05:04 AM
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Father-in-law did the same with a cell phone laying in the windshield by he compass. Took him forever to figure out why his compass and gps were going in opposite directions.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:44 PM
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Some friends of mine chartered a bare boat 60 foot sailboat in the Greek Isles a few years back. Navigation by magnetic compass and paper chart. One day it seemed to take forever to sail to the next island and when they arrived the harbor was missing. They called out to someone on the shore and he informed them they were at the wrong island. After some head scratching someone realized its not a good idea to put the boom box beside the compass. They were lucky they didn't end up in North Africa.

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Old 04-24-2003, 01:54 PM
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Thanks for all the info. Got the VHF mounted on far right side of dashboard/Console. Is away from all other objects.

I do not have a compass as of yet but will make sure I have it to the left side of dashboard.

Thanks again for the advice.

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Old 04-27-2003, 09:58 AM
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This month's edition of BOAT U.S. has an article on the RAY 53. There are a large number that were wired backwards at the factory. Although they do send distess communications (DSC) they do so without sending the GPS coordinates. Alot of good that will do! RAYMARINE admits to the screw up and advises that all owners check to see if their's is affected.

Makes you wonder why they packaged that particular radio with their "value priced" all in one special they have been advertising. Wonder what problems are going to show up with the radar and chartplotter units they include ??

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