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P42 - good location to VHF in cockpit

Discussion in 'Big Boats' started by Puesta del sol, Sep 12, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Puesta del sol

    Puesta del sol

    Joined Jan 1, 2014
    113 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Chesapeake
    My main VHF is next to the chart table. While well protected it is not useful for long range communication when in the cockpit.

    Looking for ideas on where to install one in the cockpit that won't cost me seating

  2. py26129


    Joined Oct 25, 2011
    572 posts, 93 likes
    Island Packet IP31
    CA Lake St. Louis, Montreal
    Vhave you considered a VHF with a RAM3 remote?

  3. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,571 posts, 1,865 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I installed the Ram3+ mike last spring and it has been excellent. Need to remember to turn off the system prior to plugging in or removing so you do not error and jam a pin in the wrong connection. IT IS NOT PLUG AND PLAY. You have full control of the VHF. The mike and speaker are in your hand. AIS is provided.
    In stall was easy. Locate where you want the mike and cord to hang. Drill holes for the fitting and screws. Clip the ferrite core not he cable behind the mike fitting. Route the cable (I think it is about 15 feet long). It was plenty long enough to go from the aft portion of my cockpit to the radio in cabin with cable to spare. Connect to the radio. Done. Turn on and enjoy vhf communication in the cockpit.

  4. SG


    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    976 posts, 152 likes
    J/Boat J/160
    US Annapolis
    Are looking to install another complete VHF or a remote, full function mike (like the RAM+ unit above)?

    What is the VHF unit that you have at the Nav Station?

  5. jeepbluetj


    Joined Jan 18, 2016
    435 posts, 121 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Dana Point
    I have the Ram3 mike and I really like it. I also have a small handheld VHF with gps. I actually use the handheld more than the Ram3. The Ram3 does display all the same AIS data as the VHF below, and that's very handy.

  6. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Keith, what happened to the original that was mounted at the helm pedestal console? Ours still works, but no AIS; no problem here. If ours ever dies that location seems to work pretty well.

  7. Puesta del sol

    Puesta del sol

    Joined Jan 1, 2014
    113 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Chesapeake
    I just tried it earlier this year and nothing. Having said that I forgot I even had it and have been using my handheld up top.

    Usually sailing days or a simple overnight so really had not given it much thought.

    Was going through my stuff in the garage and found a mic.

    Will need to trace the wires or at least test for continuity to be sure it's not the wiring.

  8. 1mcarlson


    Joined May 23, 2013
    42 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter H42 Passage
    US East Chicago and Hammond
    P-42 On the VHF radio cable, I am moving mine from the cockpit to the Nav station (due to size of new radio & upgrading all electronics). My question is does anyone know where or how the VHF cable is run from the mast?
    Mine comes down mast and goes into one of two tubes (electrical runs) under the mast. From there I have no idea on how it gets up to the cockpit. The next place I find the cable is coming out of the wood on the back wall of the door in the aft stateroom then up to the pedestal.
    The real question is, since I know that the two tubes (electrical runs sandwiched between cabin ceiling and the outside cabin roof) have to be factory installed, where do these tubes terminate? They contain the wind vane, mast lighting and the VHF cable. I really need to know because I need to run a new wind vane line.