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VHF antenna location on hardtop opinions needed

Old 11-19-2017, 05:49 AM
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Default VHF antenna location on hardtop opinions needed

I'm installing the electronics I ordered from BOE Marine (thanks Jim!!) and I'm scratching my head as to where to mount the two VHF antennas. I located the Simrad Halo3 (waiting on epoxy to dry to mount), I have the Taco 380's mounted. So that leaves me with the Simrad Sirius/XM puc (which is not a problem) and two VHF antenna mounts. I need to avoid the radar and stay away from the outrigger poles, be able to reach them to fold down and have them aesthetically pleasing all at the same time! Any ideas? Hardtop is approx 6' wide and 9' long. Also, do the antenna mounts have to be through bolted or will they last with some large properly sized screws and maybe glued with 5200 as well. Maybe someone has some pics of a hardtop layout they can share. Here's what I have now. Thanks in advance
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:11 AM
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Your outrigger mounted so far forward kind of limits you. I have my radar mounted a bit farther back and all the antennas mounted in front in a line left to right. 2 VHF, GPS with dif antenna, FM radio. If you can fit them mount them on the front corners. I have had antennas close to radar in all my boats and never had a problem. Dont forget the raise the light above the radar. I cut the tube and extended it about 1.5 ft with a tube that fit over it and extended the wires inside.
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:04 AM
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Thru bolt - yes
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