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Old 23 February 2006, 08:22   #1
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Advice Required - Which VHF?

I have a 5m Ribeye that I use for cruising & watersports.

Reviewing my safety equipment (and reading the posts on here) the next
stage is to install a VHF for listening to shipping (I live in Felixstowe), hailing the various marinas we tend to visit, and the all important "Just in case factor"

Looking to spend no more than 150

Would prefer a console mounted unit rather than hand-held.

What would you recommend? :
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Old 23 February 2006, 08:38   #2
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I would look at the Icom range.
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Old 23 February 2006, 09:23   #3
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If you can I would stretch to the ICOM M421 which you can get for 199 from www.marine-super-store.com.
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Old 23 February 2006, 09:56   #4
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I reckon that a couple of RIBnet mambers might match that price - Stephen at Yachting Universe, maybe Steve the Boat, or that chap who sells bits for yachts and wants points to offset against his trade membership...
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the fitting kit if you want to do a surface mount is around 20-22 quid for the icom 421,

199 seems the cheapest i found but at the show it was a nice bit cheaper there by around 10 or 20 quid
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Navman 7100 149, seems good to me & flush mounting kit is inc
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Before you buy anything, PBO (practical boat owner) have just reviewed every VHF on the market.

Well woth a read and its very in-depth and highlights faluts and issues if there are any.

It due out soon n the next issue.
Well worth a read prior to buying.

Hugh, we have never been cheap and am sure we wont be for a while but as they say "you get hat you pay for"

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...Well woth a read and its very in-depth and highlights faluts and issues if there are any...
Ah, but do they say how long they will last before they become faulty?
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In most of the reviews I have seen the Raymarine and the Icom seem neck and neck.

I went for the Raymarine fixed unit and an Icom handheld to cover all options!!!
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i like the icom its been good to me . think they are all much of a muchness now
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