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simon posted 05-11-2000 11:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for simon   Send Email to simon  
I own a 19 ft outrage built 1977. I am putting a new VHF antenna on board and am not sure where to place it. I also am thinking about purchasing a Bimini top, so I could not mount the anttena on the console. Any suggestions?
goldstem posted 05-11-2000 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for goldstem  Send Email to goldstem     
I had an 8 footer on my center console
(1972 outrage 21) When I Put the bimini in I changed to a one of those short whip VHF on
the rear railing. Works fine for coastal duty.
dfmcintyre posted 05-11-2000 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Simon -

I've mounted 8' whips on my Montauks and Outrages in the following place:

Starboard inboard side, using the heavy duty chromed swivel bracket, (throughbolted on the Montauks).

Place it so the (in case of the 17's) antenna, in the down position rests on top of the stainless steel horizontal fittings that attach the rub rail to the hull.

On the later model Outrages, I mounted it again on the inside of the gunnel and mounted a small stainless steel bracket (usually used to clip bimini hold down straps to the hull) also on the inner gunnel about 1/2 inch from the top of the antenna. That way, when the antenna is stowed, I bend it slightly and insert the end into the clip.

My current '73 21' Outrage has that same system. Just throughbolted on the upper skin's gunnell.

Never had any problems with that type of install.

How do you like the 19'?

Best - Don

simon posted 05-11-2000 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for simon  Send Email to simon     
thanks for the gouge. I plan on doing quite a bit of offshore fishing and I want the increased range with a higher antenna. The Whaler is great! I bought it last year about this time. I have spent all winter getting it squared away. I'll forward you a picture of the final product.
Pat Simon
triblet posted 05-11-2000 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I've got an 8' antenna mounted to the
starboard rail on my Montauk with a
stainless rachet mount from West Marine.
It folds down and straps to the rail
for trailering. Works fine, though I'm
thinking about moving it to the inboard
side of the rail as it doubles as my dive
flag pole, and that will make attaching the
dive flag easier when I get to the dive site.

Chuck Tribolet

simon posted 05-15-2000 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for simon  Send Email to simon     
How should I route the coax if I mount the antenna on the starboard gunwhale? I would like to route it across the deck but I don't have anything to conceal the wiring.
dfmcintyre posted 05-16-2000 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Simon -

If it's mounted at the stern, you run the wiring up the tube.

triblet posted 05-17-2000 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Measure the length of the coax you'll need
before you buy the antenna. Shakespere's
good Galaxy line comes with 20', their
cheaper ones with 15'. My Montauk needs
about 18' to get to the port side of the
console. I started with a cheap Shake.
That extra connector in the line always
worried me (standing wave ratio and another
point of failure), so the second antenna
was a Galaxy.

Chuck Tribolet

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