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Jim D posted 03-31-2003 11:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jim D   Send Email to Jim D  
I will be picking up my new Montauk 170 this Sunday and I am about to burst with anticipation. I have a question on the chosen location by many on this board for the VHF. Most folks have elected to mount the VHF at knee high level on the console and some flush mount a radio/CD player on the dash. I understand the reasoning is worries about deviation on the compass and perhaps mounting issues behind the dash.
Mounting the VHF at knee high level seems strange to me however. How can you hear it at speed? How do you adjust it while underway? How awkward to read the display?
I'm thinking of flush mounting the VHF on the dash. If I can't swing the compass to compensate for the deviation, perhaps I'll just ignore the compass and rely on the GPS/chartplotter for heading info and use a hand bearing compass for backup.
It is afterall a boat and I want to save that precious real estate on the dashboard for marine instruments. I have no desire for a radio/CD player.
Please give me some advice if what I want to do makes any sense. I want to flush mount a Standard Horizon Quest VHF and possibly a Standard Horizon DS35 depthfinder.
Thanks to all!!

Jim D.
Future Proud Owner of 2003 BW Montauk 170

Traveller posted 04-01-2003 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
I would go crazy if my compass wasn't pretty accurate. How about mounting the radio where it doesn't interfere with the compass, then buy an extension speaker so you could hear the radio while running? Of course, the extension speaker probably has a stronger magnet in it than the radio.

Darkness or fog could limit your visibiltiy, and electronics can fail. I'd try to maintain the integrity of your compass in case you ever need it to get home.

chaimemet posted 04-01-2003 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for chaimemet  Send Email to chaimemet     
we originally were going w/a handheld till i got smart. Installing an ICOM 502 has DSC on the upper vertical flat part of the dash right hannd side. I asked the dealer about deviation i guess they will swing the compass. Upper part of dash will be a Garmin 188C connected together with NMEA so the icom will have the gps readings.I also saw that others had mounted below or in the tackle box area. I need visibility and access imediately.I picked this vhf cause its knobs and buttons are oversized and easy.
jaccoserv posted 04-02-2003 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
Go with the Standard Horizon DS-41 rather than the DS-35. The 41 fits nicely on the gauge cluster, flush. It's a great little
2 1/2" unit.
Jim D posted 04-02-2003 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim D  Send Email to Jim D     
jaccoserv -
You got me thinking now about the depthfinder. I selected the DS35 because I wasn't sure if I would bracket mount or flush mount the DF. The DS35 allowed either.
I DO like that DS41 and it would match the gauges on the dash nicely. I may just swap to the DS41.

Chaimemet -
I will be mounting my Standard CP150 chartplotter to the top of the dash and connecting the NMEA to the Quest VHF.
I have this thing for Standard Horizon products.

Traveller -
I know it sounds like heresy to even suggest that I will ignore the compass on the dash but don't forget I said I would use the CP for heading info and use my hand bearing compass for backup. You make a good point though. It makes sense to deinstall the compass so no one even tries to use it.

Thanks to all for the terrific advice!!

Jim D

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