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Deano 07-13-2017 03:50 PM

My hairy antenna.
 
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My main vhf mast is 16' tall and when raised brings my bridge clearance to 37'. So often times we have to raise and lower this hairy beast while underway.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to coat this so it doesn't give me a dose of fiberglass every time I'm near it? Using gloves helps but it still always gets me. Any recommendations on coatings that will not affect performance?
Thanks.

dw8928 07-13-2017 03:52 PM

Must be a European antenna

BrotherDave 07-13-2017 03:57 PM

Sand it smoother and paint it or gelcoat it?

SaltyDawg86 07-13-2017 04:20 PM

I've read it means the fiberglass is shot and time to buy a new one. Doing your own fiberglass job could help. If you mess up, you need a new one anyway.

psneeld 07-13-2017 04:22 PM

Absolutely the antenna is fine.....unless bad for a diffetent reason than hairy fiberglass.

I have sanded and painted dozens through the years.

Paint or gel coat is just a preference...but the performance should be fine if it is good now and you dont use some unusual paint.

Comodave 07-13-2017 04:32 PM

+1 on sanding and painting.

gaston 07-13-2017 04:37 PM

2 minute job electrical heat shrink sleeve and a hair drier ;)

psneeld 07-13-2017 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by gaston (Post 572721)
2 minute job electrical heat shrink sleeve and a hair drier ;)

Over a complete 16' antenna?

You have some really good heat shrink!

menzies 07-13-2017 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by dw8928 (Post 572707)
Must be a European antenna

I see what you did there... :D

seasalt007 07-13-2017 05:01 PM

Sand it and paint with white gloss Rustoleum. Will not affect the antenna properties one bit.

I have been doing this for years and have not missed a call.

ranger42c 07-13-2017 05:03 PM

Is it an 8' antenna on top of an 8' extension?

If only the extension is the hairy part, sanding alone may solve it... and if not, some paint would probably smooth it out...

-Chris

Comodave 07-13-2017 05:14 PM

Does heat shrink have enough UV protection to stand up to the sun every day?

mbevins 07-13-2017 05:22 PM

From the picture it looks like it is just your base extension. I sanded and repainted mine two years ago with white marine Polyeurothane. It looks great, with no issues.
If you're doing the actual antenna you have to watch that whatever paint you choose has no metals in it. Apparently some do and this is a problem as per the Shakespeare website.

Ski in NC 07-13-2017 05:38 PM

Wear gloves!!! I messed with one of those and those fibers afflicted me horribly.

gaston 07-13-2017 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Comodave (Post 572738)
Does heat shrink have enough UV protection to stand up to the sun every day?




It was on 3 years when I sold the boat and still looked ok

Larry M 07-13-2017 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gaston (Post 572721)
2 minute job electrical heat shrink sleeve and a hair drier ;)

16' of heat shrink?

Sand and paint. We've used one part Interlux Brightsides polyurethane and a brush after their primer. We did thin a bit so the paint flowed better. The antennas still look great after 9 years. :thumb:

rwidman 07-13-2017 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 572728)
Over a complete 16' antenna?

Just on the part he has to touch to lower and raise the antenna. Six inches worth should do it.

My choice would probably be to replace the antenna with a new one. Sanding and painting it would work for a while.

Deano 07-13-2017 07:04 PM

Replace with new one, not happening

Lou_tribal 07-13-2017 07:13 PM

only one solution:

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L.

Gmarr 07-13-2017 07:35 PM

The number ONE thing I remember from searching for a boat is the ONE hairy antennae I touched one day and feeling those little fibers for days afterwards. When shopping for "stuff" after I bought the boat was looking at a scotch brite pad and saying "I might need it for the god damn antennae someday"!!!


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