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Goosedog posted 06-04-2004 04:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Goosedog  
Has anyone installed there VHF centered directly in front of the helm on their 170 Montauk (below the instrument panel)? I thought I saw a pictures of this somewhere and can't find them now. Specifically, I would like to install an Icom 502 and wonder if this location is feasible. Thanks.
Chuck Tribolet posted 06-05-2004 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet
down near the bottom?

Or ?

The downside is that your knees will probably bump into it,
and you can't hear the speaker way down there, at least
underway, at least I can't on my buddy Kawika's.

The M170 needs a little cabinet that sits on top of the
console, about 6" high. VHF could mount in the front, GPS,
fishfinder, compass on top. And there would be room left over
for a "glove box".


Rich M posted 06-06-2004 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
I have mine mounted in the same location as the 2 links except it isn't flush mounted. It's bracket mounted so the speaker and controls face up. Easy to operate while standing and see at a glance and the speaker can be heard better while underway. Wires are run through a clamshell on the the console. Far from ideal but not a bad compromise.
Camuyano posted 06-07-2004 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     
I installed mine on that location and have no problems with my knees banging the radio, although I almost always drive standing up. Also, the radio's display is not as hard to read as I thought it would. It is hard to hear while underway so I may add a remote speaker later on. Check my installation out:

If you use a jig saw to cut the hole, make sure to mask an area much larger than the hole specially below it. I messed up the gelcoat on the back of the console with mine. The only other problem I had is that I lost the radio's cover on the way to the ramp the first time out with the radio so make sure that your cover fits snugly or take it off before trailering.


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