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Old 09-03-2017, 09:50 AM
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I want to take my array off the pedestal before I trailer it to avoid some tree limbs. Is there anything I need to know before doing so? How difficult is it? Looks like just 4 bolts and that's it?
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typically it's 4 bolts and pull it straight up. might want to post what brand/model you have to see if someone knows the particulars of your unit.

keep in mind that once off, the hole in the top of the pedestal (and bottom of the array) will expose some delicate items highly susceptible to damage and is no longer waterproof. I would not be driving around w/out the array on.
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which unit exactly?
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bumping this up.

I am installing a 4' Simrad Halo on my Freeman and need to know how to protect the connections when the array is removed. I will have to remove the array when towing.

Thanks,
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The pedestal should have originally came with a plastic cover for the waveguide port when the antenna is removed. if you do not have one get one from the manufacturer or a merchant on this forum. I would also cover it in plastic after the cover is installed and tape it down to insure it stays on when traveling and no water or moisture can get under the cover.

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I don't think planning on pulling the array off every time you use the boat is a good idea. if it is a 1x per year to put the boat in and then at the end of the season to remove it type thing, maybe OK, but they are not designed to be put on and off multiple times. maybe some designs will be OK but I'm sure that's not what the engineer had in mind when designing the interface. and the array isn't very tall compared to the pedestal so I can't see it making a big difference in height...especially when you add a protective cap to the pedestal.

bad idea.
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Originally Posted by chainsaw42 View Post
I don't think planning on pulling the array off every time you use the boat is a good idea. if it is a 1x per year to put the boat in and then at the end of the season to remove it type thing, maybe OK, but they are not designed to be put on and off multiple times. maybe some designs will be OK but I'm sure that's not what the engineer had in mind when designing the interface. and the array isn't very tall compared to the pedestal so I can't see it making a big difference in height...especially when you add a protective cap to the pedestal.

bad idea.
I have done it, no big deal. The cap is tiny and does not extend the height more than 1/8". Mine is a Garmin Open Array. As the array extends out 2-3 feet either side it does make a huge difference in missing extended tree limbs on the side of the road.

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Originally Posted by notelin View Post
bumping this up.

I am installing a 4' Simrad Halo on my Freeman and need to know how to protect the connections when the array is removed. I will have to remove the array when towing.

Thanks,
I wouldn't take it off to move it around.

You're probably only saving 2" off

I would not trust the cap to stay on while driving. It's designed to be in a box..
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Originally Posted by smac999 View Post
I wouldn't take it off to move it around.

You're probably only saving 2" off

I would not trust the cap to stay on while driving. It's designed to be in a box..
I agree, its not the best situation but the pedestal alone puts me at 13'5" and the top of the bar is at 13'10"

That could make a difference if I am driving somewhere unknown.
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Originally Posted by notelin View Post
I agree, its not the best situation but the pedestal alone puts me at 13'5" and the top of the bar is at 13'10"

That could make a difference if I am driving somewhere unknown.
just recognize that the array, while not robust to impact, is much more robust than the top of the pedestal w/out the array. makes zero sense to me but good luck

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