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cmarques posted 01-26-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for cmarques   Send Email to cmarques  
Let me know what you guys think! Finally have everything wired and working good. No more holes to drill for awhile.


Marlin posted 01-26-2004 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     

Nice job! You've reversed my compass and electronics layout ( ), which is probably very practical. I like the compass directly in front of me, but it must just be a holdover tradition, 'cause I sure spend more time looking at the electronics. Are you keeping the vertical space above the cupholders reserved for something?

Does your GPS antenna interfere with your bimini straps? That little loop for the bimini straps is the only thing I've found on my 160 that wasn't top-quality -- held on with two cheesy aluminum pop rivets. It broke before the end of the first season, so I tapped the console rail for some stainless machine screws.

Are those outrigger mounts on your bowrail?


HAPPYJIM posted 01-26-2004 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
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Moe posted 01-26-2004 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Too many people trying to see Chris's pictures at the same time.


HAPPYJIM posted 01-26-2004 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
OK I got it!

Beautiful picture of the Currituck Light and your boat....worth framing.

cmarques posted 01-26-2004 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
I use the electronics mainly so the compass off to the right was not a big deal. I mounted the gps antenna on a ratchet mount that I turn upside down to get in the garage. The loop for the top straps is about the cheapest thing on the boat but does not interfere at all as the antenna sits back just behind.
Marlin, yes I installed outrigger mounts about a year ago to use 15' lee's and they have worked great so far. Took a little trial and error to come up with a way to mount them. I wanted to use some wood on the console like yours but the $$ of a piece of teak was a little much. I wanted to flush mount the radio above the cupholders but didn't want any more holes to cut but may move there later.


prxmid posted 01-27-2004 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
Where did you get that little clip for the top of the antennae that clips to the side rail. Is that for that purpose or did you jury rig it?
Marlin posted 01-27-2004 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Ah, I took a second look at your pictures, and now I see how the GPS antenna is offset just a little bit aft of the rail. It took me 2 days to get up the nerve to cut the hole in the console for the VHF.


Moe posted 01-27-2004 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
The speaker magnet in both setups sure is close to the compass.


Moe posted 01-27-2004 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
from the VHF radio, I meant.


cmarques posted 01-27-2004 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
I made sure there was no compass movement from any speakers before mounting. That was part of the decision to remount everything. My old setup caused some deviation. The vhf speaker causes no problem unless the compass was moved almost to the center line touching the console rail. When I mounted the stereo speakers last year I had to put them below the helm seat due to interference with the compass from anywhere near the console.

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