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Offline Svinny88

Radar install on soft top?
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:10:23 PM »
Thinking about a radar dome , would be using the humminbird unit   Pretty sure it’s less than 20lbs  has anyone mounted radar on their Bimini/factory soft top without a radar arch?
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 07:00:34 PM »

Mine is on a post.
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Offline Svinny88

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2019, 03:35:23 AM »
Do you have any pictures?
1998 15’11” sea explorer. 2002 bf90
 “T roLL on 1”

Offline headduck

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2019, 06:56:30 AM »
I got a pair of discovery bay brackets and had a pole fabbed with plate on top.

In retrospect, I would do it the same but place it in a better location so it could also support a puller davit. I placed it at the step as that was the only location where the inner gunwhale provided a straight shot down. Should have made some starboard spacer blocks and went with a more standard location.

I have seen others mount a tri pod on the bow. I wanted to get high enough to avoid direct microwaves to my dome from the dome...maybe not a big deal but felt if I could avoid it I would do so...
« Last Edit: May 18, 2019, 07:15:16 AM by headduck »
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2019, 09:05:30 AM »
Thinking about a radar dome , would be using the humminbird unit   Pretty sure it’s less than 20lbs  has anyone mounted radar on their Bimini/factory soft top without a radar arch?

Sorry, but I don’t have a photo of the radar pole.

You can see the pole in the porpoise photo stored on the lower right in the open bow. If you zoom in, you can see the mounting bracket I made from Starboard. I used a piece of a sailboat mast for a pole and a Table bracket on the ends with Starboard adapter. All made from marine surplus.





 
« Last Edit: May 18, 2019, 09:13:25 AM by Croaker Stroker »
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2019, 09:20:04 AM »

Ha! Found one !

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Offline Svinny88

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2019, 09:44:07 AM »
That is pretty slick! I’ll have to look and see if there is a feasible spot on my sea explorer   I’m still leaning toward Bimini mounted if I can find someone who has already done it with no issues
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 “T roLL on 1”

Offline Hydroman

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2019, 10:01:58 AM »
You will find that most have installed an arch to mount their radar dome above their soft top.  They also incorporate rod holder with arch.

Jim
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2019, 10:37:37 AM »

I don’t think a bimini will support the weight.
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Offline DevMah

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Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2019, 11:02:07 AM »
Mine is mounted to the arch.

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Offline Svinny88

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2019, 11:20:22 AM »
I have a rod holder incorporated into my top, and the frame is all 7/8 stainless, and stainless mounts. I don’t think supporting the 20 lbs is a problem, but the mounting might be tricky
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Offline AlexB

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2019, 02:59:22 PM »
Digging this thread up from its grave to make a point that wasn’t mentioned. 20 lbs at rest is not the same as 20 lbs in stop and go, up and down motion (i.e. when you’re pounding and slapping through rough water). Isaac Newton taught me this.


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Online Markshoreline

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2019, 04:06:53 PM »
If I had a ragtop I'd go with the arch like in Dev Mah's pic.
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline headduck

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2019, 06:24:09 AM »
The arch was preferable. The mast was affordable. The arch can also hold poles, nets, and whatever else you want out of the way.

I imagine you could mount on a softop but would be scared to move or be rocked in anything more than 1ft wind waves. The domes are heavier than expected and add a bit of movement and theirs potential trouble.
1987 17' Sea Ranger 2015 Mercury 115 2012 Evinrude 9.8

Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2019, 08:37:38 PM »
I attatch mine on a fish-on tower with a fish-on stanchion.
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2003 19' Sea Ranger

Offline First Cabin

Re: Radar install on soft top?
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2019, 08:12:45 AM »
Expensive, but worth every penny.  Would be difficult to not have a tower on every boat.  It is used as much for something to hold onto as anything, but rod holders are invaluable as well.




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