But surley the type of aerial you have onboard would depend upon your hunting grounds. Me in the Solent, with France only 60 miles away. I wouldn't be any further than about 30 miles from land at any time. A VHF handheld would almost do, certainly a fixed VHF with a cheap aerial mounted on an A frame would be OK in this circumstance.
Of course if you where venturing out from a more remote location then a better aerial might be needed, however I would start exploring satelite phones and EPIRBs as well, as most know that the range of a VHF transmission is line of sight and at 6' from Sea level the horizon is only about 3 miles away. So communication with a similar boat is 6 miles and you're relying upon coastgaurds and other radio stations having a much higher aerial than yours.
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