Originally Posted by Mollers
I dumped a Rib Raider for a Shakespeare 1.2m GRP. The improvement was massive and it doesn't look as if it's likely to break.
Me too, placed a 1.2M Shakespeare GRP aerial on a stainless folding bracket on top of my A Frame to the port side of the A Frame Bracket, I used gold plated connections to a connector in the aft part of my boat, the rest of aerial wire from that connector to the VHF unit in console.
I found the improvement was also significant from my previous aerials which were the wire whip types. I am very often picking up French VHF traffic from south coast, when doing a radio check im always heard loud and clear and pick up is good. In fact when I first fitted it on my driveway near Ringwood I could pick up the coastguard traffic. !
The folding aerial bracket allows me to fold the aerial back towards the back of the boat about an inch away from top of outboard casing just to the port side which allows more room in the dry stack racks above and allows me to have it folded part of the way down when going under Poole Bridge and the Twin Sales Bridge even at very high tide.
Having the connector in the aft is just in case I do need to replace the Aerial I wont need to replace the entire length of aerial cable through the boat which is a pain to pull stuff through due to all the other cables etc.
So yes I would recommend a shakespear 1.2M.