Let's keep this thread alive:
Currently use a little mini-vhf from my brother as a backup but need to get my own (as a back-up for my fixed mount SH GX2150). Looking for something relatively substantial, well built, waterproof, and floating.
I'm looking at the:
Standard Horizon HX290 for $106 (no tax, free shipping)
Standard Horizon HX400 for $165 (no tax, free shipping)
Lowrance LHR-80 Floating Handheld VHF with GPS for $190 (no tax, free shipping)
The Lowance seems to be the cheapest of the "all the bells and whistles" group....though I'm tending towards the HX290