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|Author||Topic: Montauk owners|
posted 02-07-2002 08:41 AM ET (US)
Ok I've been looking at cetacea,and can not fint a pic. of a gps mushroom antenna. But I might have pased it up.I just got a new plotter and would like to mount the antenna.but can't find a good spot,as the top of the conssole is full.And I cover the boat and would not want it to get in the way. any help here.
posted 02-07-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)
Hey fill us in....What kind of GPS did you buy. Looking at the Garmin so I can use the blue card in my area. Where can we get our best deal on a GPS. Did you get color?
posted 02-07-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)
Mount it on the Sheperd's rail but use a wingnut to keep tight. At end of day loosen nut and swing it down to put cover on. Bud does that on his outrage.
posted 02-07-2002 10:26 AM ET (US)
You want to mount it where it has a clear view
of the sky. I ran some tests a while back and
the console rail does cause some signal loss if
the antenna is below the rail. I just used a
SS rail mount on mine, but I don't have a
console cover. I guess you are either into
wing nuts, or having a canvas shop sew a pocket
into your console cover.
Best deals I know of on GPSs:
posted 02-07-2002 02:05 PM ET (US)
I e-mailed you the picture of my GPS antenna mount
|John from Madison CT||
posted 02-07-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)
I ran into the "where to mount" dilemma when I bought my Garmin 182, which has a mushroom type antenna. I mounted mine on the Shepards Crooks, right at the top.
Which I had pic cabability, but check out Boatersworld.com and do a search for mounts, you should find it there.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 02-07-2002 04:44 PM ET (US)
Put the antenna on a ratchetting rail mount on the console rail. You can use plastic, chrome/bronze or stainless. Given that it's going on a Whaler, stainless seems most appropriate.
I mounted mine on the right side of the rail where it could be folded down so as not to interfere with the mooring cover I used. ([url]http://home.attbi.com/~tomwclark/gpsmount.html [/url]) Be sure no part of the cover makes contact with the antenna or mount. You don't want it to chafe through.
I ran the cable down the rail using zip ties to hold the cable to the rail. Drill a hole big enough for the plug to pass through and cover the hole with a Perko clam shell ventilator with the opening pointed down. The cable needs to make a “drip loop” to avoid water trickling into the console.
Mounting the antenna here made for a very short run and a clean installation. As Chuck points out, you want the antenna above the rail when in the “up” position.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 02-07-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)
posted 02-08-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)
WOW!! thank all of you for your replys and e/m with pics. I still have to mount the plotter.I had to reglass the top of the consele. It had so many holes in it, from all the difrent stuff that have been added over the years.It was starting to look like swiss cheese.I was thinking of putting it on the port bow side,on a ratchet typ of antenna.A small four foot fiborglass pole.The starboard side has the vhf antenna, and works fine. But haveing it up there might be to close to the vhf/and wet/bouncy/so I'm going to look more at the consele mount.thank all of you again!
tabasco, It's a furuno 1850DF w/navionics nap.
thanks again, Guts
posted 02-08-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)
Tom, You have dual engines on your boat now?
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