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Jimm posted 10-28-2002 10:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jimm  
Has anyone with a Montauk 170 done a flush mount installation yet? I'm thinking of putting the radio (ICOM 402) in the almost verticle piece of console which is just to the right of the guages and above the throttle. Any opinions gladly listened to....Jim
Jimm posted 10-28-2002 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Senior moment -"vertical".
AnthonyT posted 10-29-2002 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for AnthonyT  Send Email to AnthonyT     

I also installed a Icom 402 and was going to flush install it prior to asking for opinions from the group. Quite a few mentioned the spot behind the cup holders, which was my original intention.

A few people from this board and another made a telling comment that I took to heart and subsequently changed my original plans. The comment was as follows: "when you want to replace the radio in a few years, remember that Whalers last a long time, where are you going to find a radio with the same cut-out size ?"

I mounted my radio on the vertical surface below my steering wheel, more on the right side. It out of the way, I can see it and the speaker is aimed directly at me... Just a suggestion...

I also installed a digital antenna, another suggetstion from this board, with a rachet on the starboard side of my console grab rail. It folds down nicely when my canvas is on. It reception and transmission is crystal clear... 4' plus console height brings it to about 8 feet.

Good Luck,

tabasco posted 10-29-2002 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I was originally going to install my radio to the right of the gauges but changed my mind as to the fact that the mic and it's wire would constantly be hanging in the cup holder area. I decided to install my radio-CD player at that location. I installed my ship to shore below the throttle and it worked out well.See Cetacea page 58 for photo of installation.
James posted 11-01-2002 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     

I always try to respect the fact that there may be several good answers to a common problem. Especially when you consider individual preferences. My preference is as follows.

I initially installed an Icom 502 VHF radio on the console front facing the RPS and a Clarion stereo behind the cupholders. This set up has not worked well for me and I regret setting it up that way.

I have asked Pelican Harbor to reverse the radio positions which will probably necessitate the use of whalerboard to cover any gaps, or possibly even a new VHF with a layout similar to the Clarion. I am very much prepared to do that. The reason is that I like to see at a glance what channel the VHF radio is functioning on. I do this a lot more than I originally thought, especially when I have to change channels to continue or follow a conversation. Currently, I have to bend over low anytime I want to do this, and sometimes that is too long a span to keep your forward path unmonitored when you are up on plane. In addition, with the VHF in its current position, I had to purchase a remote speaker to hear the radio better when the engine is on. The console is a little too crowded with it. With the VHF behind the cupholders, the VHF should suffice by itself, no remote would be needed. I had the mike effectively mounted next to (and to the right of) the throttle and plan to keep it right there. This new set up will work better for me.


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