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Mounting VHF in Console
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posted 05-08-2001 08:52 PM ET (US)
I've been thinking of mounting a new VHF marine radio in the console of my Montauk, maybe a foot or so below the throttle/shifter control, on the vertical part of the fiberglas. Currently I have handhelds, which certainly work, but clutter up the console and bounce around. Have seen most radios mounted on top of the console, but I'm worried about stray magnetic fields messing up my compass. Theft is not an overriding concern.
Any comments would be appreciated.
posted 05-08-2001 09:01 PM ET (US)
Both of the whalers my father has owned, have had the radios in the location you describe. I would not be too worried about your compass.
posted 05-08-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)
I mounted the VHF in the console in my Montauk. It gets it out of the way and works out great. Make sure it has a front speaker. I used the Raytheon RAY45 with their flush mount kit.
Measure carefully befor you cut, it has to be inboard of the control.
I have a picture of the console, I'll e-mail it to you if I can find it.
posted 05-08-2001 09:56 PM ET (US)
BW's older Owner's manuals, including for the Outrages, say to put the radio inside the console, behind the lower door. I have mine mounted on a block attached to the console floor, which raises it up about 3" to door opening height. The door has to be dropped down to use it. If I need to hear it while running, I use an external speaker, which clamps on a rail as far away from the compass as possible. I just couldn't bring myself to cut a big hole in the console face, underneath the controls, to flush mount it. Glad I didn't. I'm already on my 3rd radio for the boat, and they keep getting smaller in footprint. I don't use the radio that much, so the console location works for me.
With a large Ritchie Navigator compass and large screen depth finder/gps on the top surface, there wasn't much room for a radio, with enough distance from the compass. Picture of my console/instrumentation is on Cetacea page 2.
posted 05-08-2001 10:08 PM ET (US)
I purchased a new 1998 Montauk and I had the VHF flush mounted right under the steering wheel with the CD player flush mounted to the right of the VHF. Works great, saves space and you have a custom looking console.
posted 05-12-2001 06:28 AM ET (US)
I have recently completed rehabing a 30 year old bare hull into a Nauset with Manogany. I mounted my Hummingbird DF on the console top as well as my Ritchie 84 compass.My VHF is mounted on the console shelf below the dash and is about 2 feet from the other electronics. Also, GPS ins mounted on dash next to DF. No problems with DF, compass or GPS interfearing with each other but when I turn on the DF and the radio the DF causes a pulsing sound from the radio. Is ther a filter I can get to solve this or is another solution in order?
posted 05-14-2001 09:52 AM ET (US)
rwest, a simple noise suppression filter may work, and they cost a buck or so to try. As far as my mount for the VHF in a 18OR, I have mine mounted inside and forward of the port side hatch in the console. It's out of the way, protected from the elements and no "extra" holes in the console. I too use a remote speaker if I need the radio while running.
posted 05-14-2001 05:21 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the input. I talked with folks at Boaters Worls where I got the radio and DF and they suggested wiring the radio directly to the battery with an inline fuse. Any merritt to this before I go with the filter?
posted 05-14-2001 06:23 PM ET (US)
Almost all VHF Radio and Sonar/GPS manufacturers recommend that they both not be powered from the boat power buss, but rather from an adequately sized lead directly to the battery. The fuses, on the positive leads, will be inside the battery box. They also recommend you keep these wires away from the engine ignition cables, if you can.
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