Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Instalation SSB

eric freedman


The new Icom tuners are amazingly waterproof. I would mount it right below the antenna. In addition the length of the wire from the tuner to the antenna is also is added into the total length if the antenna.



Mine is 15 years old and works like new.. Do you have dynaplates on your hull?  I also remember something about a wire connected to non SSB radios connected to the boats bonding at the nav station, If I remember correctly this has to be disconnected.  Do you have a piece of copper foil sticking out of the hull on the starboard side in the aft locker above the shelf?

Fair Winds


Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

Fair Winds


Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376



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Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:37 PM
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Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Instalation SSB



Hi Rafa,


There is not a lot of things unique about an Amel SSB installation over other boats, but I have a couple of comments on things to consider.  I did not do the installation on our boat, it come with.  So I have no pride of invention, just reporting what works.


We have the long whip antenna mounted on the starboard quarter.  The base plate was mounted on deck and the support was on the rail  When we installed the arch, we moved the base to the transom and the brace to the arch.  It works well either way.


On our boat the antenna tuner was mounted on the shelf in the aft deck locker.  If I was doing it over, I'd mount the tuner in a cabinet inside the aft cabin.  Icom tuners are rated as waterproof, but keeping them rigorously dry is a better plan. and an extra foot or two of lead wire would not be a significant performance issue.  If you want to use the rigging as the antenna, it gets a bit more complex, but still doable, and the physical arrangement will be different.


You'll need a 24 -> 12 volt convertor that is capable of holding the voltage at 13.4 volts at the full rated power draw of the radio if you want the best transmit performance.  That's a lot.  40 Amps if I remember right.


If you are installing an 802, using the triatic stay as the DSC antenna has a lot to recommend it.


There is a lot of black magic on antenna installations.  You'll get a lot a VERY conflicting advice, and everybody will claim to know best.  I am not an antenna expert, but it seems to me copying an installation that works well is a good idea.


Bill Kinney

SM160 Harmonie

Highlands, NJ


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