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1963 Eastport VHF Antenna
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posted 04-03-2006 12:21 AM ET (US)
Looking for suggestions for a tasteful and asthetically pleasing type and placement for the VHF antenna on a 63 Eastport. I'm not eager to slap an 8' fiberglass whip on the side of my center console due to the mooring cover yet I want more effective VHF range for those offshore runs than a 5 watt handheld VHF will provide. Thank you in advance.
posted 04-07-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)
I have mounted a 4' Digital antenna with the Shakespeare ratchet base; it will tilt forward and lay down under the mooring cover nicely.
posted 05-20-2010 09:57 PM ET (US)
Anyone have any updated suggestions an dpictures for mounting a VHF antenna on a Nauset with Bimini?
I don't want to mount on the side of the console. I was thinking of a rail-mounted ratchet mount on the port side side rail near the stern but not sure.
Any help is appreciated.
posted 05-21-2010 11:02 AM ET (US)
Jon: Try the stainless antenna made by Metz or Shakespeare, mount it to your rail on the console, and check your placement. It might fit under the bimini--good luck
posted 05-22-2010 10:49 PM ET (US)
Contender- Thanks for the tip. But my problem is that I have the all wood console and windshield--no rail. Going to check the galleries for inspiration.
posted 05-23-2010 05:50 AM ET (US)
I mounted an 8' antenna on a swivel base on the inside of the starboard hull, on two different Montauks. I'll try and describe:
The base mounting was mounted with bolts, through hull that gave me great strength; no chance of it working loose. It was placed so that when the antenna was folded down, the last inch of the top of it would fold under the stanchion of the bow rail, while the rest of the antenna body would lay across the tops of the grab rail stanchions. Routed the cable through the tunnel to the radio. Used a stainless steel swivel base.
If I was to do it again, I'd first just use wood screws and if I found that the whipping action was too much for the wood thread screws, then go the machine bolt through the hull route. In the first mount, I just used washers and Nyloc nuts. I've since learned about mushroom capped nuts (essentially a threaded hole topped with a mushroom shaped cap) and in the future use that on the outside of the hull.
Clear as mud?
posted 05-23-2010 09:43 AM ET (US)
On the 16-foot classic Boston Whaler hull, a good location for a VHF Marine Band radio antenna mounting base at the aft end of the cockpit, mounted below the gunwale, as described by Don above, so that when tilted downward the antenna will lay between the hull and the side railings, resting on the rail stanchion supports. The attachment of the base to the hull must be made with good strength, as there can be a significant bending moment on the base from the antenna. There may be wood embedded in the hull in certain locations that will offer a better point of attachment for the base. See the embedded wood diagrams for you boat for guidance.
I strongly endorse the use of a four-foot plastic extension mast and a three-foot steel whip antenna, such as the GAM ELECTRONIC SS-2, and shown in detail in my own installation in
On a small boat the presence of a VHF Marine Band antenna in close proximity to the cockpit means that it will be inevitable that someone will grab onto the antenna. Using the four-foot plastic extension mast moves the actual antenna above the height where most people will grab onto it.
As I explained in the article linked above, the GAM ELECTRONICS SS-2 has a very clean base mount arrangement that hides the coaxial cable feedline. See the full article for the many other positive features.
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