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MontanaWhaler posted 04-24-2008 03:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for MontanaWhaler   Send Email to MontanaWhaler  
My 180 Dauntless came with a 9 or 10 foot fiberglass VHF antenna. The top 2 0r 3 foot section screws on and off. It is not currently installed as the previous owner said it got in the way so he took it off. It was rail mounted on the rail that surrounds the windshield/console. There it interferes with the bimini top as well as front curtain when it's in use. The question is this, while the standard advice is to go tall with these antennas what is actually preferred in real world use? I would like to use a small whip style as long as it is not too big a performance price. That would have to be better than nothing. Or is there a preferred install location that overcomes the previously mentioned shortcomings of the goliath antenna?

Thanks! Bratton

Casco Bay Outrage posted 04-24-2008 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Take a look at this thread.

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum6/HTML/001737.html

Hope it helps.

MontanaWhaler posted 04-24-2008 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for MontanaWhaler  Send Email to MontanaWhaler     
Thanks Casco, that is helpful. I also just looked at a bunch of Cetacea photos to how others do it. First off, it appears that a high percentage of center console whalers don't seem to have a VHF antenna especially if equipped with a bimini. I did see a number of gunwhale mounts though. I'm not sure how you get the cable from the center console to the side of the boat for that, will study it more.

GreatBayNH posted 04-27-2008 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
One suggestion. Go with GAM antennta, mounted on side of CC, with 1 foot Shakespear extention. That may clear the bimini if antenna mount is low enough. Boston Whaler factory installed antenna is on starboard side center console. It clears the bimini.

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/VHFAntenna.html

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