The VHF is good but I removed it from the ceiling of the wheel house. I will install this (flush mount) along side the MFD. This will reduce clutter. I also removed the (fat/white) antenna.
I will install a new (thin/silver) antenna on the mast. This can also be VHF/AIS/GPS combo if needed. This will also reduce clutter.
Another benefit of this is that I no longer have to lower the antenna AND mast when going into the boathouse – I just need to lower the mast.