Originally Posted by ba_fisher
I am thinking of putting the antenna at the right side of the top flat part of the console. The left side would be the fish finder.
I would be a little wary of doing this. The "standard" 25W VHF transceiver with a "standard" antenna, with gain of between 1-3dBi and efficiency of probably 65%, requires a safe distance of around 1m (give or take 0.5m depending on antenna). This means that potentially you may be opening yourself up to heating effects of Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) energy when transmitting. (The effects of heating due to EMF transmissions are not fully known, but Google ICNIRP and you can learn more). (Unfortunately my day to day job is working out safe distances from antennas)!
I also believe most VHF installation guides state a minimum distance between VHF unit and antenna.
Suffice to say, I'd try to put my antenna more than 1m (3'3") away from where I'm standing.
Hope this helps?