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Electronics Installation: Boston Whaler 235 CONQUEST
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posted 09-24-2007 12:38 PM ET (US)
I moved from the darkside and I am a brand new Boston Whaler owner--my first one--so I'm new to the family. [The choice of what boat to purchase came] down to the Grady and the [Boston Whaler] and [the author chose the Boston Whaler 235 CONQUEST].
I picked up the new 235 CONQUEST Friday and I plan to put in a GPS and Fishfinder with split display and VHF Marine Band radio. I don't have the hardtop as of yet either. It came with a bimini so I'll use that until it's gone or I can afford to put a hard top on.
I was going to get the Northstar because it was the stock option and figured it would be easy to install until one of the guys at the shop said they had had a lot of trouble with them.
Any suggestions on a display? Also, where [is the recommended location] to mount the transducer on a 235 Conquest? My understanding is that there is already a hole covered for a through hull transducer to be installed.
[Seeks owners who have installed a] transom mount instead and why?
Is there a pull rope for the wires already installed, like the maual says?.
Without a hardtop where can one mount a GPS receiver? A radio antenna?
posted 09-24-2007 01:36 PM ET (US)
Look in in the Owner's Manual it's all laid out for you. There is no pre-drilled hole for a thru hull transducer that I know of, however, there is a location on the starboard side near the stern for that purpose. It's a bear to get at. You can nount the GPS antenna on the helm console surface just under the windshield. Here's a picture on my Ventura.
posted 09-24-2007 08:50 PM ET (US)
Where did you mount your VHF antenna?
posted 09-25-2007 01:14 AM ET (US)
Check the catalogue photographs to see if they show a radio antenna installation on the non-hardtop model. You can also call Boston Whaler customer service and ask them where they mount the radio antenna if there is no hard top. The owner's manual shows the recommended location for mounting a GPS antenna in FIGURE 2.7.1.
FIGURE 2.11.1 shows a VHF ANTENNA, but I don't think that location is really intended as shown.
Before taking a big hole saw to the Unibon hull of that new Boston Whaler, I would check with your selling dealer to be certain that there is no impact on the ten-year hull warranty.
posted 09-25-2007 08:33 AM ET (US)
I have a 235 Conquest as well, and I am using a Lowrance LCX-110C 10" GPS/Fishfinder. I installed the 200 kHz transom-mount transducer on the port side following Lowrance's guide, and it's worked great for me. I assume you have the Mercury Smartcraft system transducer mounted on the starboard side transom under the boarding platform, so that location is out. I have used thru-hull mounts before, but my personal opinion in this case is go with the transom mount. Another, strictly personal opinion, is that the Lowrance "skimmer" transducer is the best unit I have ever used. It is small, mounts easily, and seems less sensitive to exact mounting position than any unit I have ever installed.
Unfortunately the panel layout on the 235, with Smartcraft already installed dead in the middle, will limit your choices when installing the GPS/Fishfinder and VHF. I installed my Icom VHF just to the right of the SC display, and (having the hardtop) hung the large screen Lowrance GPS from under the hardtop directly in front of the helm. It's up high enough that it doesn't restrict visibilty at all, and you just glance up to view it. You'll probably end up having to mount a smaller unit to the left of the SC.
My boat had all the pull ropes installed as advertised. Just be sure not to fall into the trap of pulling one all the way through .....
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