VHF Antenna

Published date: December 1, 2019
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

The VHF antenna cable (B) passes through the deck near the mast base. When you drill you hole for the cable, you have to watch for two things:

* Make sure that you drill far enough to the side so that you do not hit the metal backing plate (A).
* Make sure you drill far enough fore or aft so that the antenna cable doesn't rub against the centerboard cable. I went aft of the centerboard cable so that it was easier to reach the cable from the inside. Otherwise the support bar gets in the way.

The dark smudges to the left and right on the picture are from the adhesive used to mount the plastic covers that surround the metal support bar. Be careful not to crack the plastic covers when you remove them. I used a piece of metal that I could slide along parallel to the upper liner that cut through the adhesive. This way you don't have to pry the covers off and risk cracking them. After you run the antenna, use adhesive to attach the covers again. You shouldn't have to leave any evidence that anything is even in there.

The antenna cable runs through the ceiling conduits to the side conduit above the galley. This is where is passes from the upper to the lower liner. From here it runs aft and comes out of the wall just in back of the radio where it attaches with a 90deg. elbow? connector.

Also in this picture, between the word "Fore" and the support bar, you
can see the new main battery cable going to the front panel.

Published by: Heath


Model Year: 1997

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