Dauntless 180: VHF Antenna Location — Moderated Discussion Areas

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Boston Whaler 16 Ventura

posted 03-24-2009 07:19 AM ET (US) K

Thanks for the info and photos

posted 03-24-2009 07:48 AM ET (US) With an antenna that is mounted to the center console, you will have difficulty keeping the antenna low enough to fit under the usual canvas Bimini top, unless you really sacrifice antenna height. One solution, which I have not tried myself, might be to fix the antenna mount to the pipe frame of the Bimini top. When I am boating, the Bimini top is almost always raised and in position. Mounting the antenna on the Bimini top frame gets the antenna higher and gets it out of the way.

The antenna itself would have to be a small antenna like the GAM ELECTRONICS SS-2 antenna. This antenna can thread onto the typical rail mount, making a clean installation.

The problem to be resolved is how the antenna transmission line would be routed from the gunwale over to the center console where I assume the radio itself will be installed. This could be handled by putting a connector for the transmission line near the hinge of the Bimini top frame. The top could then be removed when desired and the antenna feed line disconnected.

I am not familiar with the 180 DAUNTLESS, so I don’t know if there is a path available to run the transmission from the gunwale to the console via an under-deck route. Often there is such a path on a Boston Whaler boat.

An installation like I have proposed will be more difficult and elaborate to install, but it will result in the radio antenna being mounted much higher. Higher antenna installation will improve performance. It will also increase separation between the radio and the antenna, which, when they are both in the center console area, can be quite close.

If your Bimini top has side curtains, then the idea of an antenna mounted to the top’s frame is probably not workable, as it will interfere with the side curtains. That is the situation on my boat, which is why I have not tried this approach myself.

posted 03-24-2009 07:51 AM ET (US) Thanks Jim

I don’t have a Bimini top. yet. I might purchase the one from Mills if it truly does lay flat on the rear deck. Waiting for info and photo’s from Mills

markfink67

posted 03-31-2009 12:56 AM ET (US) I recently had the same issue on my 2001 Boston Whaler 18 Dauntless.

Boston Whaler 16 Ventura

I installed an 8′ on the center console starboard side about 15 off the deck with a ratchet mount so that I can drop the handle and lower the antenna. It is just forward of my bimini top when that is up.

The 8′ was really too high but I could bend it under the forward rail and this arrangement would allow the whole boat cover. Leaving it up when trailering was an issue due to bridges so I HAD to remember to lower it.

I choose the 8′ based purely on cost ($60) — not the best decision but recently somehow after many removals of the cover I broke the tip. I replaced with a 4′ Galaxy ($100+) which is really sturdy but not satisfied added a 2′ Galaxy extension I found on eBay ($25). (Glutton for punishment)


I still lay it forward and hope it doesn’t share a similar fate as the 8′ but it won’t snag with the cover removal — I hope.

I lay it forward as their is a lot of initial activity to the stern, boarding etc. which gives the antenna a great chance of survival.

I’m sure the 4′ without the extension would really have done fine where I boat.

I’ll send images if you like.

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Boston Whaler 18 Dauntless
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