Not the "ideal" place!
August 12, 2008 at 8:20pm
When radio manufactures say that, it is to maximize 100% of the radio's power output. Simply put, when the radio transmits close to the antenna, some of the signal "bounces" off of each other. Each other being the radio and the antenna.
When you mount your radio, don't cut your wire short. Leave it long, and don't wrap it too tightly. This has been the best set up in the past for me. Also, try to locate a signal meter from one of your buddies that has a CB. You can fine tune the whip with this device.
VHF, or "ship to shore" radios as you call them are based on transmitting a frequency over line of sight. Thus, the higher the antenna, the better the coverage. Your bay boat will be limited in range due to close proximity to the water. I can talk to boats within a 5 mile range with no problem. Boats that have higher whips can hear and communicate with me further away.
Hope this helps!