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Jersey Jim posted 03-26-2001 09:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jersey Jim   Send Email to Jersey Jim  
In my never ending search for the perfect depth finder/gps combo, I got the new Lowrance X-15mt/with gps. The gps antenna is a small puck which I mounted to a piece of 10"x6" starboard. Rather than put more holes in the console, I'm thinking of using a bead of 5200 to "glue" the board on. Will this work or should I use some other method. The members of this board know everything so I can't help asking.
triblet posted 03-26-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
West Marine (and others I'm sure) have a rail
mount for antennas that clamps on. I use one
for my GPS antennas.


Dick posted 03-26-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Dick posted 03-26-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Dick posted 03-26-2001 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Used to hunt deer in your backyard in the early 60s. Ran with the Shady Oaks yacht club out of West River at the time.
Shakespeare makes high quality ss rail mounts and extensions if needed to mount that gps antenna.
Tom W Clark posted 03-26-2001 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I'm with Chuck and Dick. Just use a rail mount. I used a ratchet rail mount on my Outrage so I could drop the GPS antenna down when I put the mooring cover on.

If you want to put it on the console, I'd say just do it and don't worry about the holes. There will be a clever solution if and when the time comes to fix/cover them. If you really want to use 5200, use it sparingly. I recommend a "button" of it at the corners rather than a bead. 5200 is strong stuff, be careful...

Dick posted 03-26-2001 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Try using 4200 instead of 5200. Good hold down properties but much easier to remove if you ever want to.
johnk posted 03-29-2001 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnk  Send Email to johnk     
Jim, I too was adverse to drilling additional holes in the top of the console of my '86 montauk when it came time to replace the electronics. I went to a local large plastics speciality store (Reed Plastics in Rockvile MD). They have virtually every type of plastic stock known to mankind. I found a piece that is virtually the same color as the Montauk about 3/8 thick and had it cut to the exact dimentions of the top. I put 8 self-stick rubber feet on the bottom and just lay it in place. WORKS GREAT! I just attached the new electronics to it exactly where 'I' wanted them, and routed the wiring through the original holes in the console. Very clean instalation, and no visible holes. If you leave the wiring long enough or use quick connectors, you can lift off the entire top for service. i've got some pics if anyone wants them...


dfmcintyre posted 03-29-2001 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Jim -

Before mounting, turn the unit on, hold the puck up_under_ the console and see what signal strength you get.

I was astounded at only a 8-10% loss by mounting it inside the console, just forward of the flushmount compass.


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