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Old 03 January 2017, 04:38   #1
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VHF Aerial Position

Hi All

I have no A-frame - so how to mount the aerial?

Any ideas! Pics would be great!

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Old 03 January 2017, 04:51   #2
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I'm mointing my aerial off the transom, similar to what the RNLI is doing on their D-Class

Once I'm with the Boat again i can send you pictures.

Doesn't give the best range though
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An yes, just checked out and-class pic. What if you added a pole to that to increase the height - one which folds?
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Avon make (or used to make) an alloy light-pole for Seariders, but would fit other RIBs. Pretty robust piece of kit. Must be a good 8' tall with sections. Also integrated navigation lights and all-round white light. You can fit a VHF antenna to this.

Either that - or get something made bespoke in 316 stainless steel. I did it and fitted a Metz antenna.
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Not sure how well you can see it in these pics. S/Steel Broom handle + zip ties! The Zip ties have now been upgraded to P shaped s/s clips screwed into the seat back.
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An yes, just checked out and-class pic. What if you added a pole to that to increase the height - one which folds?
It would increase the range ofc. More height equals more range in this case.

Planning to get one in the near future, but right now setup stays as it is.
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Avon make (or used to make) an alloy light-pole for Seariders, but would fit other RIBs. Pretty robust piece of kit. Must be a good 8' tall with sections. Also integrated navigation lights and all-round white light. You can fit a VHF antenna to this.

Either that - or get something made bespoke in 316 stainless steel. I did it and fitted a Metz antenna.
That looks perfect! I love the fact it has a TV aerial as well just in case I need to watch TV while on the water!

I have searched to buy but can't find it - any ideas?

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Hold that - I now have a bigger vision!

Custom made item is the way to go! How does this sound:-

So first two pics are the aerial and fixing bracket.

To this I can add a 316 S/S tube of any length that will then fold down so am now thinking better to fix to the transom which to be honest is where it should be.

Top end of this tube I then fancy the nav light option as well - same as Spartacus picture (Thanks again!)

Tube length - am going to think about this when I am in front of the boat and how it will fold down.

Ooh, excited now about how it will look!

Which Nav Light would anyone recommend?

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have a lookj at seascrew ltd mode stainless tube and fittings easy to make a fold down mast.

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have a lookj at seascrew ltd mode stainless tube and fittings easy to make a fold down mast.

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