GPS Antenna Location

A general, non-powerplant specific, discussion on airboat technology, ie., hulls, rigging, polymer, etc..
Post Reply
Incognito90
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:59 pm

GPS Antenna Location

Post by Incognito90 »

I’m curious to know if anyone has recommendations for ideal puck locations on airboats? Although we’ve been fishing and hunting our whole life, my brother and I are new to the airboat world, including this forum, and glad to finally be here after riding on them here and there! We bought a used 20’ Pathmaker end of last year, stripped it down to the hull and completely rigged it out for bowfishing. We’re wrapping up a few things to finalize it all and I’m wanting to mount the antenna puck on either the top of the cage, or on the catwalk we added on near the transom. I know gps mfg’s Say to make sure it has a clear line of sight to the sky, but I’m curious if anyone has ever had an issue with the cage jamming the signal for those who have mounted it down low? Thanks in advance. Really looking forward to the years to come on the water with an airboat. I’ll try to post some pictures I took throughout the build. Also, if anyone has any do’s or don’ts I’m all ears.
2012 Pathmaker 20’ x 8’, Century Drive CH3 2:1, 454 big block, Dynomax exhaust, 78” 3 blade Whirlwind Stump Puller

GENESIS 27:3 - “So now, take your hunting gear, your quiver of arrows and your bow, and go out into the field and hunt game for me.”

Gary S
Site Supporter - I
Site Supporter - I
Posts: 1739
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:30 pm
Location: Redlands

Re: GPS Antenna Location

Post by Gary S »

Why put it low? Plenty of room on the top. Shouldn't get in the way of anything.

Incognito90
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:59 pm

Re: GPS Antenna Location

Post by Incognito90 »

We have a sight platform up on top of cage, and had planned on putting it on there somewhere, just wanted to see if others had a more ideal place.
2012 Pathmaker 20’ x 8’, Century Drive CH3 2:1, 454 big block, Dynomax exhaust, 78” 3 blade Whirlwind Stump Puller

GENESIS 27:3 - “So now, take your hunting gear, your quiver of arrows and your bow, and go out into the field and hunt game for me.”

User avatar
Slidin Gator
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 1033
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:33 pm
Location: Jupiter Farms, Florida

Re: GPS Antenna Location

Post by Slidin Gator »

You can put it just about anywhere that it has a reasonable view of the sky, up high or down low. It does not matter if the cage is shadowing part of the view of the sky, it will not impact signal reception. You can even mount it under fiberglass if you have to. Just don't shield it directly under a large piece of metal or conductive materials like Kevlar.

Mount it just behind the platform and just below the top so the platform protects it from tree limbs etc.
I still think I-10 is the Mason Dixon line.
2013 Mike Stossel Boats, 13' x 7' deck over, IO-540, 74" NGQ less winglets.

Incognito90
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:59 pm

Re: GPS Antenna Location

Post by Incognito90 »

Thank y’all. Will be going up top on the platform like we originally planned. The platform is slightly lower than the top of cage, so it should’nt be too vulnerable to getting damaged by anything.
2012 Pathmaker 20’ x 8’, Century Drive CH3 2:1, 454 big block, Dynomax exhaust, 78” 3 blade Whirlwind Stump Puller

GENESIS 27:3 - “So now, take your hunting gear, your quiver of arrows and your bow, and go out into the field and hunt game for me.”

Post Reply

Return to “Airboat Tech”