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ghefty posted 09-02-2003 10:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for ghefty   Send Email to ghefty  
I've been carrying a handheld VHF on my '03 170 for the last year. Unfortunately it has given up the ghost. The replacement will be an installed VHF. I would very much like to see how others have installed their VHF antennas on the 170. So, I would be very interested in any pictures of your antennas as mounted on your boat. Particularly any pictures of the Digital 4' on a ratchet.

George Hefty
'03 170, 90-4s, Pate 27, w/rail mounted rod holders

ghefty posted 09-02-2003 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
Here is a link to a couple of pictures of my boat

As you can see I took some of Tabasco's suggestions.

Marlin posted 09-02-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     

You can see my VHF and antenna installation on my 160 Dauntless (with a very similar console to your 170) at .

The antenna is a little hard to see, but it's mounted on the left side of the console just in front of the windshield rail using an L-bracket on a 3/4" piece of mahoghany. The antenna is a 3" stainless base-load whip, and the whip portion lifts up and lays over for easy storage under the cover.


ghefty posted 09-02-2003 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     

Nice boat. Thanks for the picture. How's your reception with the 3' whip? Do you venture very far offshore?


Marlin posted 09-02-2003 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
George, your Montauk looks very well equipped! I'm mostly an inshore boater, so I wasn't super-concerned about extracting every last yard out of my VHF. In local use, 5-8 miles, I have no problem. Further than that I haven't really tried.


Rich M posted 09-02-2003 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
I have a 3' base loaded Shakespear on my 170. It's mounted to the starboard side of the console (above the tackle box door) with a ratchet bracket. Stows nicely under the console cover when ratcheted down and rx/tx is excellent. 10 to 15 miles clear as a bell using a Uniden Oceanus VHF.
mrdrago posted 09-05-2003 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for mrdrago  Send Email to mrdrago     
installed an 8' shakespeare antenna mounted on the back of the rear railing support on the right side of the Montauk. Shakespeare sells a nice stainless rail mount for the antenna with a quick release handle. Check out their web site to find it. The beauty of this installation is the antenna is out of the way, and you can still have a bimini top. The anntena can be stored in the down position. I also purchased a shakespeare motorola adapter so the I can connect my fm/am stereo and vhf radio into this antenna and use them at the same time. No performance is lost. Works great. Running the wire to the console is easy and I can provide instructions if you want to do it. The other nice thing is that you do not put holes in the boat with this method. Looks real sharp when done.


cmarques posted 09-05-2003 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Here are a few pic's of the antenna and vhf radio mounting on my dauntless 160- I ran the cable though a waterproof fitting and then through same passage as the vent under deck and into the console

newbee posted 09-06-2003 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for newbee  Send Email to newbee     
i had the 8' shakespeare too but couldn't keep it fully raised with bimini top up. had the ss ratchet mount down low on stbd side of console and when down the ant. extended over the bowrail of my montauk 17. decided to drop down to the shakespeare galaxy 4' and mounted it with a nylon ratchet rail mount on the console center rail where it bows out. fits perfect and does not interfere with bimini top. can raise it all the way up even with top up with plenty of room to spare. only bad part is the 4'output is 3db instead of 6db but since i don't usually go more than 10 to 15 miles offshore i don't think it will be a problem.

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