Pardon me for jumping in but I see it requires a special mount (not included) and you have to supply your own cable with a PL259 on each end? Is that right? I'm going to have to replace mine after this season so I'm seeing what others are buying.Kroppe,
I went with a removable antenna, they are in 4 & 8 foot.
Shakespeare QC-8 QuickConnect VHF Antenna - 8 foot | Defender Marine
It might be an idea, going forward if the cable to the antenna is bad.
I see they include the crimp-on style PL259 connector. FYI, in a marine application (or any application IMO) a crimped antenna connection is a slowly degrading to failure condition waiting for the worst time to fail. Or, maybe it kind of works for radio checks and the sort but limits you to transmitting 1/2 the distance that it used to when you need it. If it were me installing it on my boat I would cut it off and throw it away. Solder a real one on and its one less thing that can bite you. Save the crimp on connectors for for your entertainment radios. Shakespeare should be ashamed for including that in a piece of safety equipment.I just mounted the QC-8 on my boat. The connector comes in the kit with the mount. No time to really try it out yet other than in the driveway but I wanted the flexibility to remove the antennae when not in use or on inland lake with the family. Same deal for me, take it off and shove it in the rod locker.
Good deal. Its the connector you had to crimp on to the end of the antenna cable as listed in the link you posted. I wouldn't worry about it now. Just remember that if you start having problems with that radio then the first place to look is that connector on the back of the radio for the antenna.I have not idea what the connector you are talking about, that's way more then I know on the matter, as far as connectors, but if its on any of the three links I posted above, I have had zero issues with those three items.
You will love Vesselview, it should come standard on every new motorWOW... It finally happened
My new Merc. 60 is mounted on my boat and is in my garage. Now I can begin the retrofit of the dash where the Evinrude key switch was and rework all the other old wiring that I want to update. I am buying the same 4 switch module as mbirdsly pictured up thread as that will cover the dash holes and give me better functionality that just toggle switches. I broke my sonar transducer mount removing the old motor so I need to replace that.
I also picked up a Mercury Vesselview Module that I have to install that will transmit the engine data to a tablet so I can keep track of all the engine information in real time especially RPM during the break in runs.
Lots of things to do prior to the first splash, but I want to make sure I get everything right.
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A 2021 motor on a 1984 hull Never thought I would see this.
Very nice!!!Well, a couple months back I purchased a new boat that was sitting at a dealer in WI. Couple weeks ago I went over to pick it up, and I've been getting her set up for fishing. This weekend I went through the engine break in then fished South Haven and managed a couple fish in the cloudy water.
The boat is a Crestliner Commander 1850 with a 115 Merc Pro XS. I added a battery switch but still need to add a small fuse block in one of the stern compartments to eliminate a few inline fused wires that are currently going to the battery switch. That will clean up the connections to the cranking battery and switch.
Boat was prewired for a bow mount trolling motor. I added a Minn Kota 80# 72" 24V Terrova with iPilot on a MKA-32 quick release bracket, batteries, and a ProMariner 20A 3 bank charger. For now it is connected to just the two trolling motor batteries, but the third bank leads will eventually get connected to the cranking or a house battery. Although the charger is fairly "smart", apparently it's not smart enough to charge two batteries if one set of leads is not connected to a battery. So after some initial frustration resorted to taking a closer look at the manual, I realized I needed to connect the third bank to one of the two batteries until I get around to running wires to a third battery. Now it charges fine. Using the main motor for thrust and the Terrova for steering (most of the time set on 3), I trolled 12 hours on one charge and the batteries were still at 75% according to the motor battery monitor, or 50% according to the charger. iPilot is a game changer for sure.
I added a Garmin 93 SV UHD on a RAM swing arm mount, which mounted nicely on the flat top of the console. This mount is extremely robust. I can swing the screen to the corner of the windshield, or above the steering wheel, and I can swivel the head to watch it through the windshield when fishing from the bow. Only complaint is that the water temperature was varying widely (35-50 every couple of seconds), but I realized that I forgot to add the ferrite or iron noise reduction coil (supplied by Garmin) to the transducer cable, so I am hoping that will resolve the temperature reading issue.
For fishing gear, on each side I mounted a 36" Bert's track to a pair of the Crestliner Suremount downrigger brackets that attach to the built in Suremount track. On each track I have a Big Jon downrigger on a Bert's swivel base, a Bert's rod holder for a dipsy rod, then a rod tree from Superior Fishing Products. I looked at a few different rod trees and I was close to purchasing from rodtrees (dot) com when I stumbled across Superior Fishing Products. Right now, they are only selling rod trees but are working on some ratcheting rod holders. I hear they are currently waiting on materials but I would say they are worth the wait. I'm really happy with the trees and highly recommend them.
Thanks, I ordered that exact same fuse block! Should be here soon.Crawfish - That is one bad rig! Congrats! I'd love to see some exterior hull shots.
For the fuse panel, I highly recommend the Blue Seas Blade 6 circuit panel with the integrated negative bus. I forget the part number, but if you buy off amazon, make sure you are getting the PN that includes the cover. They sell it without the cover too. (I made this mistake).
I've got the same promariner on my 3 battery bank for my 36v XI5. It worked great for 2 years and then on bank / charge circuit flaked out. I proved it wasn't the battery and Promariner sent me replacement for free.