Our boat is 10 years old and we have the mast
down now. I am looking at the VHF antenna
and thinking it might be wise to replace it. It looks a bit weathered and has scrapped it's way under a few bridges (we have a 55' air-draft).
The present antenna
is the 3', 3 dB, base loaded, s/s Shakespeare sailboat antenna. We have been happy with it and it seems to reach out there very well. I have an SWR meter and it was working well before we took the mast
down, about 1.6:1 if I recall
We had a new Metz on the last boat and I was not impressed, it had to be replaced within a year.
Looking at the Westmarine site the Shakespeare has some very poor reviews
, have I just been lucky ? any advice ?