I'm thinking about installing a vhf radio on my 17ft XPRESS aluminum boat. The question is to go with a 3ft whip or an 8ft fiberglass antena and where to mount it so as not to interfere with equipment or persons on the boat? I have a hand held vhf (Uniden Atlantis 250) that works ok but out on the Susquehana Flats it seems to peter out in certain spots and the other boat is right around the corner that I'm trying to converse with. I've seen smaller antenas on the Ranger boats for the RedFish tours but I'm not sure how it'll work on aluminum? Any body install one on theirs and if so, what set up did ya go with?