VHF antenna on side of A-frame
Have any of you ever mounted their VHF antenna on the side of your A-frame? And have you had any issue when doing so?
My A-frame has a SS cross member half way up each side to hold the two SS tubes together, and the previous owner had the old 1m GRP whip antenna mounted on the port side with a swivel mount. (As in the pic).
Unfortunately the antenna had shattered near the top and the cable from it had been left coiled up inside the console but was corroded, so I ripped the whole lot out.
Due to the lack of room at the top of the A-frame when the cover is on, I may well be mounting the antenna on the side of the A-frame as previous, but would welcome thoughts. I know the ideal position is on top of the A-frame for height, but I literally wouldn't be able to mount a swivel/ratchet mount on top of the A-frame due to the cover being tight and I don't want to cut a hole in the (rather expensive, good quality, bespoke cover). I'd also need to lower the antenna on a ratchet mount (as previous) if I fit it to the side of the A-frame so it will fit inside the cover.
Recommendations for antenna and/or mount would be appreciated, although I have read the various threads on this so it's not essential. It's more thoughts on mounting on the side of the A-frame (or alternatives) that I'd like to discuss here.
There's weather out there - must be time to RIB!
(Or dive, or ref rugby, or.......)