Shakespeare makes antennas for just about every marine application. Their dedication to hand-made craftsmanship and attention to detail are why the U.S. Coastguard, U.S. Navy and other global military services trust Shakespeare antennas for their communication needs.
Why spend a lot of money on an expensive radio, only to have it perform poorly because it has been paired with a poor quality antenna? This isn't just shortsighted, it's a safety issue. Reliable communication is critical to safe boating.
Shakespeare engineers pioneered major developments in marine antenna technology, including the combination of a normal beam with low radiation angle to minimize signal fade while maximizing range. They were also the first to develop a variety of what are now considered standard techniques for antenna construction.
Each Shakespeare antenna is hand constructed with a fiberglass casing to seal out moisture, preventing corrosion and providing you years of trouble-free operation. Brass and copper elements provide maximum range and efficiency, and metal ferrules ensure each antenna works in even the most demanding marine conditions.
From the smallest recreational boat to the largest commercial vessel, Shakespeare offers a wide line of antennas and accessories to meet all boating communication needs:
Connectors, Adapters and Coaxial Cables
Tips For Choosing The Right Antenna For Your Boat
There are a wide range of factors that must be considered to select the correct antenna for your application.
To the get the best range out of your antenna it is important to choose one that can be placed as high as possible on your boat. Sailboats generally use a 3 to 5 foot antenna mounted to the masthead. However, some racing enthusiasts prefer an 8 foot antenna mounted to the stern, to protect it if de-masting were to occur.
8 foot antennas are also ideal for 16 to 25 feet powerboats. Larger boats can use taller antennas but remember to leave enough down room, for clearing low bridges and other height limitations.
Gain, measured in decibels, determines the amount of communication range your marine antenna produces. The higher the gain the greater the communication range. However, a higher gain produces a more compressed, narrow beam, which can cause fading on rolling seas. Small, lightweight boats should not use a gain rating above 6 decibels because of the amount they roll in heavy seas. Higher gain is ideal for more stable vessels like commercial shipping vessels.
The proper mount style and placement is vital to protect your antenna from structural failure. An upper clamp is needed if you are using a two piece antenna system that is longer than 10 feet. If you are going to mount an antenna that is 14 to 18 feet tall, the upper clamp should be placed 3 to 5 feet from the bottom and when mounting 18 to 23 foot antennas the upper clamp should be 4 to 8 feet from the bottom.
The correct cable length and style is vital for marine radios and antenna to work to their highest potential. When it comes to wiring your VHF, HF/SSB or cellular communication systems: the shorter the cable the better. For cable runs under 20 feet RG-58 cable is ideal but longer runs require a larger, low loss cable like Shakespeare's RG-8/X, RG8A/U or RG-213. Shakespeare also offers Lo-Max, a high quality coaxial cable ideal for use on cellular antennas.
Shakespeare Fishing Tackle
For over 108 years, Shakespeare has offered excellence in fishing tackle, their contributions have helped to make them one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Today, Shakespeare offers a wide range of fishing products, including rods, reels, combos and kits, accessories, as well as products designed specifically to suit women and children.
One of the most popular Shakespeare rods are the Ugly Stiks. All Ugly Stik rods feature the Ugly Stik quick-taper Clear Tip design, as well as the blank-through-handle construction for added strength and sensitivity. Ugly Stik also offers a wide range of rods, some suited to specific species of fish, including catfish and striper rods which feature actions and components that are perfect for each type of fishing. Some other Ugly Stick rod styles that are offered by Shakespeare included:
- Big water rods
- Freshwater rods
- Species specific rods
- Ugly Stick Lite rods
- Ugly Stick Tiger rods (super versatile)
Shakespeare is a leading manufacturer of fishing reels, offering a wide range of reels suited to your fishing style, needs and application.
- Fly / Ice
Shakespeare offers stylish combos, reels and rods, designed specifically to suit women with ergonomic EVA grips, and feminine pink detailing. As well, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of ladies products are donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, to benefit the early detection of Breast Cancer.