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Guts posted 02-07-2002 08:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for Guts   Send Email to Guts  
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.
Thanks, Guts
tabasco posted 02-07-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
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?
Bigshot posted 02-07-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
triblet posted 02-07-2002 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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: . If he says call
for price, it's because he's below the lowest
price Garmin will let be advertised (yes, they
can do that) and it's worth your while.



TightPenny posted 02-07-2002 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     

I e-mailed you the picture of my GPS antenna mount

John from Madison CT posted 02-07-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

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.
I found an antenna mount at Boaters World that was only about $12 and is perfect. It clamps to the rail and the antenna is straight up. Looks real cool.

Which I had pic cabability, but check out and do a search for mounts, you should find it there.

Good Luck,


Tom W Clark posted 02-07-2002 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
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] [/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)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark
Guts posted 02-08-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Guts  Send Email to Guts     
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
Whalerdan posted 02-08-2002 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Tom, You have dual engines on your boat now?

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