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bkoelbel posted 04-29-2001 11:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for bkoelbel   Send Email to bkoelbel  
Does anyone have experience / recommendations on where to mount a Shakespeare 8' 5225 XT antenna with a 4187 SS Ratchet mount?

The console makes sense, but I do use a console cover. Or, does mounting it aft make more sense?

Please share comments, thanks.

dfmcintyre posted 04-29-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I usually mount the antenna on the inside of the starboard gunnel. It's been done on two Montauks, a 22, 25 and now a 21. When it's folded for storage or trailering, the very tip is held to the gunnel by a small stainless eye strap.

This way your right, the bimini or other canvas will fit.

I had a concern about interference from the motor, but it's not been a problem.


bkoelbel posted 04-29-2001 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for bkoelbel  Send Email to bkoelbel     
Thanks Don - did you need to reinforce the teak at all?

Also, any secrets for running the cable?

Please advise, thanks.

Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2001 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Mount the anntenna on the outside edge of the forward end of either the port or starboard gunnel board. This way it will fold either forward or backward and clear the bow rail and any canvas you may have.

The coax cable is fed through a 3/4" hole in the gunnel board and led behind the plastic shield which covers the fuel /vent hoses through the lateral tunnel and up through the bottom of the console. The hole in the gunnel board is covered by Perko chrome (or some other)clam shell cover or a coax deck seal. I prefer the clam shell, it provides a cleaner appearance and lays the cable down flat against the gunnel board.

There is no need to reinforce the gunnel board but do use washers (perhaps even fender washers) and nylock lock nuts.

lhg posted 04-30-2001 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For an alternate opinion, on my 18 Outrage both antennas (VHF & DGPS) are installed using SS rail mount ratchet lay downs, clamped on the rear leg of the bow rail, one on each side of the boat. Works very well for me, and both are completely free of the full Mills canvas set. Both lay down to stern. In the Rendezvous section, pages 1, 2 & 3, there are some photos showing these rail mounted installations, and also same detail on another 19 Outrage.
Tom W Clark posted 04-30-2001 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I need to clarify my advice. If you mount the rachet mount towards the outside edge of the gunnel board you will not be able to through bolt at least the two ouside holes. On my Outrage I used #12 x 1.25" oval head sheet metal screws which worked fine for over 10 years.

Here is a photo which shows one of the antenna mounts on that boat. It's seen in the lower right hand corner of photo. (Warning! This is a large photo. I apologize if you have a slow connection)

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