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BassinWhaler posted 09-24-2009 11:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for BassinWhaler   Send Email to BassinWhaler  
Hi, I am about to flush mount a VHF radio into a 2008 170 Montauk and wonder if the forum has any thoughts on the best way to do that. My plan right now is to drill pilot holes at the corners and cut along the lines, either with a saw blade or a Dremel. Any advice you could give would be appreciated. This is the first time I'm cutting on a boat and would hate to screw anything up, to say the least. Thanks!
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 09-24-2009 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Why cut a large hole??? Simply buy a VHF with the remote mic such as Icom or Standard Horizon, mount the radio anywhere out of the way perhaps in the console and just mount the mic head where it's conveniant.

I have a remote mic in my cabin.

Liteamorn posted 09-24-2009 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
I always put masking tape over the area, it seems to cut down on the rough edges.
Feejer posted 09-24-2009 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     

See my links two links on my install. My Dauntless 180 has console similar in size to your 170

Marlin posted 09-24-2009 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
It's not that hard. I did exactly as you suggest -- drilled pilot holes at the corners, and cut the section out using a jigsaw with a fine-toothed blade. As Liteamorn said, I also used masking tape. The down side is that if I ever need to replace the radio, doubtless the new one will be a slightly different size... ?action=view¤t=console1.jpg

If I were to do it again, I'd probably get a remote-mount version like trafficlawyer suggests.


Ferdinando posted 09-24-2009 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Go with the remote and avoid the holes and headaches later. I installed both a VHF & a stereo radio with both sending units inside the console. All I had outside was the controls. Units will also last longer as there not exposed to the elements.
Dauntless16MA posted 09-24-2009 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless16MA  Send Email to Dauntless16MA     
Hi -

On my dauntless, the previous owner had a large VHF radio flush mounted in the console. When I bought the boat last year I had to replace that VHF due to water intrusion. I bought a Standard Horizon GX1500S which was a different size. I used King Starboard to make a custom flush mount which covered the old cut out.

I wish that the previous owner had just used the remote mic option instead of cutting a huge hole in the console. Just something to take in to consideration before cutting.

Picture below.

Andrewdavis34 posted 09-24-2009 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andrewdavis34  Send Email to Andrewdavis34     

Where did you get the white starboard plugs/screw covers?


contender posted 09-25-2009 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Trafficlaywer is correct, why do you want to put a big hole in your console, now when the radio goes bad you need to find one that will match the hole. Also I'm sure you can place it out of the way some were and keep dry and out of the elements...take care
davej14 posted 09-25-2009 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
It is not a big deal to cut the hole. Be sure to drill the corners first, as you are planning to do, and use a fine blade on your jig saw. I also second the idea of covering the cut area with masking tape first. I used the blue painters tape and there were no chip outs or scratches on the surrounding gel coat. Take your time and don't force the blade.

Be sure to check the inside of the console carefully to make sure that the body of your radio will clear the inside surfaces and that everything is out of the way of the jig saw blade. It would also be good practice to add a strap from the rear of the radio to the console for added support. I was able to use one of the existing thru bolts for this purpose.

Dauntless16MA posted 09-27-2009 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless16MA  Send Email to Dauntless16MA     
Andrew -

Those white screw caps are made by Fasco Fastener and available through West Marine. They come in either black or white.

Chuck Tribolet posted 09-28-2009 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Put the radio where the speaker is pointed at your years,
and that's very likely not flush mounted.


conch posted 09-28-2009 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for conch  Send Email to conch     
In the Martetplace section CW member Jmorgan 40 has listed a Icom 422 VHF with remote mic. that will handle the job.
GreatBayNH posted 09-28-2009 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
Hide the receiver in the console: ?action=view¤t=NewVHFRadioandHourMeter.jpg

Then mount the remote mic like so: ?action=view¤t=ConsolewithRAMMic.jpg

Now you have the nice blank area on your dash available for something else. A stereo perhaps?

Also pay special attention to the remote mic cord to make sure it lies neatly before chosing your location to secure the remote mic mounting bracket.

Andrewdavis34 posted 09-28-2009 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andrewdavis34  Send Email to Andrewdavis34     
Here are a few pictures of my installation. I too installed the VHF inside the console and mounted a external mic. Dauntless16MA thank you for the info on the screw covers.

Here is the link to my VHF install as well as custom made gaff/deck brush holder.


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