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done that a few times on dauphin island ,when pull out in outside lane there are big oak trees if forget and leave up antena that happens.I wound up putting a metal whip style shakespereon my boat ,probably not the best but wont break when i forget and leave it up.
 

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My boat is going on 3 years old and looking for Antenna #2 as I type! Glad to see this post and get some good recommendations! Always kept mine at a low angle until I needed it, never had a problem with it hitting things going forward, it just pushed down but when I backed up at the Hurlburt wash rack andhooked it goingagainst the angle it snapped in 3 pieces:doh

Discovered my boat won't sink while underway with the drain plug out! Dropped it in the water at Hurlburt and traveled the 12 miles or so to Destin and pulled up at Crab Island. Jumped out of the boat after anchoring up to enjoy a cool down in the water and I notice both my bilge pumps kept kicking on and pumping out a ton of water:doh Went to the back of the boat and notice plug hanging out, screwed it in and surprise surprise the bilge pumps quit running:doh

I'm going to try the suggested repair here first on the antenna, it's still quite long, just need to splice the tip back on and test it.
 
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