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Old 05-30-2019, 01:18 PM   #17
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City: Gig Harbor
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sandpiper
Vessel Model: Bluewater 40 Pilothouse Trawler
Join Date: Nov 2012
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Here is a detail that took me all day to figure out and actually do.

The two 16" VHF antennas were previously located on the exterior face of the roof trim. It is located at a narrow place on the boat deck and the mount for the antenna would snag clothing as we walked by. Eliminating the upper mount, recessing the antenna and using a different method to hold the antenna in the recess should eliminate that problem.

Pic 1. Drilling a 1 1/2" hole for recessed VHF antenna mount using a jig. The angles were what took the longest to figure out.

Fiberglass cloth has been trimmed.

Pic 2. The drip edge trim around the hole was installed before drilling the hole.

Pic 3 & 4. Test fitting the antenna recesses. One on each side.

I'll have to have the bottom antenna mount machined to shorten it's reach to match the new upper mount location.
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