Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-11-2014, 10:00   #1
Registered User
Bristol30's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 90
Best VHF antenna for masthead mount

I just purchased a new horizon GX1700 VHF for the Bristol. I liked it for the price and the integrated GPS. I now looking to replace the masthead mounted antenna. There are several mfg's to choose from: Shakespeare, Metz, Tram, Gem, Digital. I am familial with the Shakespeare but have no experience with the other mfg's. Is there any one mfg that is better than than the others based on construction or performance?

Thanks for your feedback
Bristol 30

Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum

Bristol30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-11-2014, 10:53   #2
Registered User
Argyle38's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Milford, CT
Boat: Down East Yachts, Downeaster 38
Posts: 196
Re: Best VHF antenna for masthead mount

If you are not too concerned about the additional weight (a few ounces, IIRC) then the Digital is quite good. The body is completely encapsulated in epoxy and the antenna is robust with a simple spring-bayonet attachment. The materials are also good, no corrosion issues on any of the metal parts on the one I have. I believe Practical Sailor selected the Digital as their 'best choice' a few years ago when they did a comparison.

I've had one on Argyle for about six years with no issues.
S/V Argyle
Downeaster 38 #40
"Downeast Yachts - More sailing per mile since 1975"
Argyle38 is offline   Reply With Quote

antenna, head, mast, vhf

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Please Recommend a Quality VHF Masthead Antenna Dockhead Marine Electronics 227 25-11-2019 14:18
Masthead VHF Antenna on a Trailer Boat austinsailor Marine Electronics 5 19-07-2014 07:40
Virgin at Tuning Masthead VHF Antenna . . . akio.kanemoto Marine Electronics 36 22-11-2013 16:22
VHF Antenna Mount drh1965 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10 10-04-2010 07:54
cable question for VHF masthead antenna ribbony Marine Electronics 12 29-04-2009 15:26

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:58.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.