Time for a new radio and where to hang it

GPS, Sonor, Radar, Fish Finder, etc. Discuss electronics installation and upgrades.
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Mike Ebert
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:50 pm

My VHF is now mounted on the side wall next to the helm seat. I am planning on mounting a replacement on the ceiling above the helm. I would like to see where others may have placed theirs and if there were any difficulties with the installation. 31TE by the way.
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:02 pm

Hi Mike -

Mine too is next to my helm seat. Out of curiosity, what's driving you to move the location?

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Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:58 pm

Well, the newer radios are larger which may be a problem but the main reason is that I can't hear it very well. I was hoping that hanging it would make it easier to use and hear. If it is too big a deal to wire it on top, I may just get one that fits the space on the side.
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:29 pm

Mike -

Mount the radio where it fits best and is easily accessible. For the audio challenge, I added an external speaker a few years ago and it is SOOOO much better. I just used a cheap 4" inch speaker from West Marine and mounted is on the wall behind my helm chair. The difference in sound is awesome... highly recommend this addition and it's probably one of the lowest costing upgrades you can do on a boat! :)

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Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:41 pm

The external speakers are sooooooo much better .. though I don't have one on my Albin.

I had the room so mine is mounted flush in the upper right helm and works well there (picture below). As mentioned mounting above in the upper right corner below the wire chase works great too if there is no footprint on the helm.

To mount above, run the wires through the chase above the sliding windows accessed from behind the panel at the wetbar sink. I found running wires through this chase worked best using two string pulls; one from behind the panel to the round cover outsie under the rooftop overhang and one from the overhang to the starboard side windscreen wiper wiring access.

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Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:52 am

My location 28TE and the mic is hung on the right and I can grab it and hold it up to my ear if underway and I need to hear the chatter...
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Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:42 pm

Here's a picture that I had in my files showing a 31TE with its VHF mounted above and beneath the wire chase as I described above.

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"drinking rum before 10AM makes you a Pirate, not an Alcoholic"

~ 2006 31TE / Hull# 221
Cummins QSC 8.3 / 500 hp

Former boat ~
~ 2002 / 28TE / Hull# 614
Cummins 6BTA 370 hp / Alaskan Bulkhead
April / '04 ~ May / '13

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