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I have expanded the electronics on the boat and need to flush mount the vhf. Seems easy right? The problem is that its getting mounted on a piece of starboard and I have no way of adhering the vhf to the starboard. Any suggestions? My next plan involves a couple of "L" brackets behind the starboard and screw them in.
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you can make your own L brackets, however I would use stainless to prevent rust.
Also most VHF manufacturers offer a flush mount kit.
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what brand vhf do you have
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You already have the right idea with the L brackets
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Invest in the flush mount kit specific to your radio.
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not sure what you mean by "adhering" it. Not sure of any install that would have the VHF adhered to something.
Either way, the L brackets are the right idea, but you should really go ahead and order the flush mount kit for whatever radio you have. Guaranteed fit, clean install.
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Its a Sea Ranger vhf that is probably 7 years old. I bought it from West Marine so I am not sure if I could even find a flush mount kit for it. Thanks for the replies, looks like the L brackets will work.
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VHF and other electronis have usually 4 holes, one on each corner to screw them on the panel.
If yours don't have this holes then you need either the flush mount kit (if still available) or to build
2 l shape brackets. In home depot or similar do it yourself shops you will find l shaped aluminium bars,
screw one side on the panel and the other somehow on the vhf.

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wait, so your VHF looks something like this?



I had to google Sea Ranger VHF because I know they don't make that anymore.

Scratch my original proposal of getting the flush mount kit from the manufacturer. I would STRONGLY suggest buying a new VHF altogether. Even the basic west marine version for 100$. Newer technology, DSC equipped, presumably better send/receive power....it's time for a new radio.
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I made my own vhf L-brackets out of aluminum flat bar and used the knobs from the bracket.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
wait, so your VHF looks something like this?



I had to google Sea Ranger VHF because I know they don't make that anymore.

Scratch my original proposal of getting the flush mount kit from the manufacturer. I would STRONGLY suggest buying a new VHF altogether. Even the basic west marine version for 100$. Newer technology, DSC equipped, presumably better send/receive power....it's time for a new radio.
Lol, no mine does not look like that. Mine does have DSC and looks like all the other $100 units out there.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
I had to google Sea Ranger VHF because I know they don't make that anymore.

Scratch my original proposal of getting the flush mount kit from the manufacturer. I would STRONGLY suggest buying a new VHF altogether. Even the basic west marine version for 100$. Newer technology, DSC equipped, presumably better send/receive power....it's time for a new radio.
good lord. X2 . yes id try radio check on that
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Lol, no mine does not look like that. Mine does have DSC and looks like all the other $100 units out there.
ah ok. whew....

I'm pretty sure it's essentially a rebranded Uniden. Those flush mount kits should be able to be found. Or go the L bracket route.

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This is what I used on mine.

There are to small screws that attach theses "ears" to the sides of the radio. The two long screws are then used to tighten the entire assembly against the bulkhead from behind. The long screws have a larger threaded "cap" on the other end (you can't see it in the picture) that when torqued down squeeze the radio assembly against the bulkhead using the front part of the radio and together act like a clamp to hold the radio in place.

Here's a similar kit that shows the threaded "cap" that tightens against the rear of the bulkhead:



This way you don't have to drill holes in the console just for the mounting kit.
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This is what I used on mine.

There are to small screws that attach theses "ears" to the sides of the radio. The two long screws are then used to tighten the entire assembly against the bulkhead from behind. The long screws have a larger threaded "cap" on the other end (you can't see it in the picture) that when torqued down squeeze the radio assembly against the bulkhead using the front part of the radio and together act like a clamp to hold the radio in place.

Here's a similar kit that shows the threaded "cap" that tightens against the rear of the bulkhead:



This way you don't have to drill holes in the console just for the mounting kit.
...that's the one
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
ah ok. whew....

I'm pretty sure it's essentially a rebranded Uniden. Those flush mount kits should be able to be found. Or go the L bracket route.

Yup, that is the one!
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