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Mounting Radio on 190 MONTAUK
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posted 03-27-2007 10:41 AM ET (US)
[Seeks] suggestions as to the best place to flush mount a VHF on 190 Montauk? Thanks.
posted 03-27-2007 01:44 PM ET (US)
We thought long and hard about this for our 170 Montauk. I think it depends on the type of unit and whether you need to look directly at the digital screen display or the unit allows you to mount the radio remotely. Our unit needs to be viewed directly, so somewhere on top of the console was required. My son finally decided to mount the radio directly below the steering wheel on the console vertical bulkhead. Visability of the unit is great, it's completely out of the way and the audio is in your face. Mounted the mike holder to the left, so with the mike cable stored below the unit, it's out of the way also. Good luck with your project.
posted 03-27-2007 03:40 PM ET (US)
Thanks -- do you think it works better then upper portion of the console to the right of the gages and to the right of the area where I will be mounting the GPS/fishfinder?
posted 03-27-2007 05:09 PM ET (US)
With limited space you can't have everything where you can get the best view of if. I put my fishfinder and GPS and plotter in the most easily seen locations, and put the VHF down lower. I have to squat down a bit to see the VHF display, which you need to see if switching to a working channel while transmitting. But that isn't all that often. Next VHF I'm going to get will be the kind that has a display on the microphone - that's the best of both worlds.
posted 03-27-2007 06:04 PM ET (US)
We thought about the top of the console but directly above our guages we have the compass that comes with the boat. We also thought about the area just above the cup holders (170 Montauk) and ruled that out for a couple of reasons. Watch out for all the wiring bundled just behind that area. Makes sense to position the radio as far away from the fishfinder/gps as possible to avoid interference. Our fishfinder/gps is located on the starboard top side of the center console and the radio is located below the steering wheel on the console vertical bulkhead. Seems to work ok but even that distance may create a little interference between the radio and the fishfinder. Guess it depends on how strong of a "ping" you get out of your fishfinder.
posted 03-27-2007 06:28 PM ET (US)
Just had a thought. What I mean by mounting the radio below the steering wheel is that the radio is mounted vertically with the front of the unit(digital readout and buttons) pointing up toward the steering wheel. No need to bend over to see the display. You just look down through the spokes of the steering wheel and everything is visable. Only opening cut in the center console was for the screw holes for the radio mount and a small hole for the wires and coax to the ant.
Guess I wasn't real clear on the mounting. Maybe you thought I meant to mount the radio horizontally by cutting a hole for a flush mount of the radio. No need. Just bolt the U shaped mount to the vertical bulkhead, make a small hole for the wiring and voila'. It's out of the way, easy to see and the audio is right in your face. Also pretty far from the fishfinder/gps.
posted 03-27-2007 11:32 PM ET (US)
Check out the Standard Horizon PS-1000 and PS-2000 models.
The radio goes inside the console. Everything is run on the
posted 03-28-2007 08:40 AM ET (US)
I second what Chuck said. I just bought a PS-1000 for a little over 100 USD. I think you can find them under that now. Once I have it installed I'll supply some photos if you so desire. Otherwise search this site for "PS-1000" and you will get some good information.
posted 03-28-2007 05:30 PM ET (US)
Just another 170 Montauk owner's input here - I flush mounted my Icom VHF directly behind the cup holders and then mounted my combination Sonor/chartplotter right on top of the console almost directly over the vhf. No problems at all and no interference at all. I've put 500 hours on the boat over the past 2.5 years and am very satisfied with these locations.
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