I guess this qualifies as a mobile, Maritime Mobile.
Beginning. We live and cruise on our sailing catamaran Makai generally in the southern Caribbean and south America. Next trip out in a few years we will be heading in to the Pacific for 5-10 years and am looking at upgrading/installing icom 7000 160-10m, 6m, 2m radio onboard. Current equipment which I will keep as a redundancy for ham is the Icom 802, at 130 tuner, and Shakespeare 390 23 foot whip. To stay legal in the US only a marine certified radio can be used on maritime HF, and because it also covers 2-30 MHz and is capable of TX on the ham freq. with in the range and I already own it makes sense to leave it onboard.
Rigging, it is common on sailboats to add the antenna in the backstay or side stay by cutting and adding insulators. Our boat designer and builder and I agree this is a poor structural practice. So that leaves whips or standalone antenna/s.
Price is not a great concern, I will buy or build the best I can afford that makes sense. I don’t believe in installing a lesser quality item just to save a few bucks as it generally costs more in the long run to upgrade or be dissatisfied with performance.
Having said all of that I am trying to determine the best approach for installing and using the all band radio and a multiband antenna/s so that it can be permanently mounted if possible without interfering with ship operations
Any thoughts or directions would be greatly appreciated