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Old 23 February 2010, 05:55   #11
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Old 23 February 2010, 11:05   #12
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Old 23 February 2010, 11:54   #13
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some of the cobra ones have a large orange bit down the sides - not sure if this is why?
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looks like its going to be a can of yellow spray paint and some masking tape ,
Or some reflective yellow tape?
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Thanks for all the replys.
Maybe proof that if a handheld vhf manufacturer/agent made one that was yellow/orange and was water proof/floated there would be a good market to aim at.
It also has to perform and do what it says in all the advertising blurb.
Isn't there something in sales & marketing about listening to/targeting your intended market??
Seems obvious to me........
Maybe thanks why I'm not in sales & marketing.
Here's hoping....
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I'd have bought an orange/yellow one if it was available.
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......but if they made yellow ones that floated, nobody would need to buy a replacement when they can't find it after it went overboard!
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I asked this question when I Worked at McMurdo of a sales guy that used to work at Raymarine.

He told me that not enough customers wanted the bright Yellow type option as it was considered too industrial.
Most Customers want a nice sleek stylish well designed piece of kit that they view in the same way as their mobile phone.

I can see his point for the Princess owners and some yachties etc, but do think enough of 'Us' would buy them.

On the other hand it does also provide a distinction between the GMDSS type gear and the more normal equipment.

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Old 24 February 2010, 06:08   #19
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Emailed Standard Horizon with a link to this thread explaining what it was about.
You would have thought if one company made a decent hi-vis VHF then it would stand a chance of been adopted as an industry standard.
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I don't really see the need... ...given that most of us actually dont have floating handhelds in the first place if its dropped in the sea its lost. Those that do have floating handhelds are probably most likely to drop them in the water doing something innocuous and immediately be able to pick it up.

That said it should be a trivial job for SH / Icom to have the casing moulded in a different colour, if there was enough demand - but I think you need more than the ribnet audience to make it attractive. Otherwise SH would have introduced their chartplotter/VHF combo in europe!
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