I used a mast mount 3 dB VHF antenna on my last sailboat but found it was prone to a lot of wear and tear on a trailer sailor. On my new boat I'm thinking about using an 8' 6 dB antenna mounted on the pushpit with a swivel mount so it can be just turned horizontal for trailering. I think it will eliminate any connectors between the antenna and radio so should make it more reliable. My concern is the effect on transmission range. Does anyone have any experience with this setup on a sailboat ?
The antenna I'm looking at is,
Shakespeare Marine Antennas Specifications: Centennial 5101 VHF Marine Band
Any suggestions or ideas appreciated, Bob