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Old 24 June 2012, 03:40   #11
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Not sure about handheld vhf but when I have been in the US most of the electronics seemed to be on par with ours, but and engine however were cheap, with great chunky looking trailers. If I didn't have to pay the duty and then get the trailer modified I would have one ship over no problem.
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Old 24 June 2012, 04:06   #12
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A really decent Std Horizon new with warranty and EU compliance etc is only 120ish in the UK - not worth it in this case of going US I think?
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Old 24 June 2012, 04:35   #13
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So could getting a 240v charger.
most of the handhelds i've seen have a fairly standard psu that could be bought from marlin - but it is more expense.

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Almost (all?) of the higher quality handhelds and fixed mounts sold in North America have an "INT" setting.
I believe these won't have the same range of channels as a uk bought radio. e.g. 37/m1 and m2 used by sailing clubs, and some marinas etc.
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I believe these won't have the same range of channels as a uk bought radio. e.g. 37/m1 and m2 used by sailing clubs, and some marinas etc.
Yes this is true. Both our fixed DSC Raymarine and non-DSC Standard Horizon HX710 are US models and they work fine on international settings. Our DSC handheld is however a UK model and so has m1/m2 which can be important to have so I would only get a US model if you already have a UK model for use on rare occasions with those channels. There can be significant savings over there, and at least with Standard Horizon there is no issue at all with compatibility between chargers etc. Make sure you get a floatable one though, the reason we have a surplus of chargers is because so many have already found their way to the bottom of the drink!
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We have brought back fixed and h/h vhf (non dsc) radios in the past with no issues. They have all, even a cheapie, been switchable to int channels and there is very little difference twixt us/int channels anyway. From memory Ch 07 is simplex in us channels and duplex in int., no doubt others with time on their hands will tell you any others. We only once had a minor problem whilst doing a magazine test on a German rib lifeboat. Coming out of a certain marina we found that they used channel M which the german spec radio didnt have, neither did the us handheld that someone had in their pocket. Lock operator got really shirty about it. So if you use a marina check what you need.
No problems finding a charger in the past.
To be honest its a while since I was in the US but last time didn't find the price difference was worth the inconvenience any more.
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We have brought back fixed and h/h vhf (non dsc) radios in the past with no issues. They have all, even a cheapie, been switchable to int channels and there is very little difference twixt us/int channels anyway. From memory Ch 07 is simplex in us channels and duplex in int., no doubt others with time on their hands will tell you any others. We only once had a minor problem whilst doing a magazine test on a German rib lifeboat. Coming out of a certain marina we found that they used channel M which the german spec radio didnt have, neither did the us handheld that someone had in their pocket. Lock operator got really shirty about it. So if you use a marina check what you need.
No problems finding a charger in the past.
To be honest its a while since I was in the US but last time didn't find the price difference was worth the inconvenience any more.
That's great to know, like you say unlikely to be cheap enough to bother but gives me a excuse to drag the family round some boatie shops!
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That's great to know, like you say unlikely to be cheap enough to bother but gives me a excuse to drag the family round some boatie shops!
If you happen upon a West Marine, please don't pay what they're asking. Print out a couple of web pages from web vendors (the rule is that they need to have one brick & mortar store) and they'll match the price.

I know your prices can be higher. I paid $807 US for an HDS-7 (no ducer, base maps only) and balked when I heard what you guys are paying.
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