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Old 13 August 2012, 12:07   #11
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I carry a handheld equipped with DSC these days. Safety to me is being able to call our Coast Guard and fellow boaters right to my GPS location with the push of a button.

Can't recommend a specific radio though. I have an Icom with DSC for my fix mounted unit.
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Old 13 August 2012, 12:20   #12
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Cobra gear is awful.

Go for Standard Horizon or Icom if you can. My M71 has taken a lot of beating in 5 years.
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Old 13 August 2012, 12:48   #13
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Go for Standard Horizon or Icom if you can. My M71 has taken a lot of beating in 5 years.
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my coastguard issue Icom lasted years, great battery life and was still good when handed back in. Been covered in mud, dunked in sea, dropped out of the vehicle and regularly washed off with a hosepipe. Never a problem.
Buy cheap and you'll end up buying twice - unless of course you don't go near the sea.
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Old 13 August 2012, 13:50   #14
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I'd +1 for the Icom M71.

Great bit of kit, and battery life is great.
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Old 13 August 2012, 14:26   #16
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It just does the job which is what you need and I have used it well so it also seems reliable.
Your advice is at odds with the generally perceived wisdom in these parts on Cobra compatability with Ribbing. They might be fine as a backup tucked up the cabin of a yacht but bounced around and sprayed with water perhaps not...

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Mmm. 3 posts and recommending kit .................
Well of course even new members might have useful experience to share! Nothing to say that new comers don't have a wealth of experience outside rib net - but everyone needs to treat all recommendations with suspicion.

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Reliabilty is the key as I have kids on board and we are now looking at doing longer day cruises as well as the more usual fishing/ playing about with the ringo etc.
I wonder if a fixed VHF might be more appropriate. (A handheld is a useful addition even then).

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Buy cheap and you'll end up buying twice - unless of course you don't go near the sea.
Nah I had a cobra h/held that started randomly transmitting before it had ever been on a boat! Its replacement leaked!
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Icom do make a good radio, but in value for money terms the Standard Horizons just nip in ahead. Their build quality per pound is outstanding. You can expect to get a solid radio for a smidge over 100 quid.
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Icom do make a good radio, but in value for money terms the Standard Horizons just nip in ahead. Their build quality per pound is outstanding. You can expect to get a solid radio for a smidge over 100 quid.
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Icom,as good as you will get.They are expensive,but will not let you down.
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I've got both a Standard Horizon HX270 and an Icom M71. I've had the Icom 5 years and the SH 2 years.

I'd choose the M71 personally, simply because after 5 years it's still holding charge like new and has a tether on it whereas the SH doesn't so it has to live in a pocket or on a holder.
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