Originally Posted by Jon Brooks
No worries, the club has money to burn then :
I used to be involved in running the club, now I am not.. so I couldn't possibly comment on that
As for your comments on PMR446, I do generally agree - but there are some factors on the other side of the equation for some small clubs:
Waterproofing can be acheived with an Aquapac case for about £20, making a radio and case package cost around £50 - around half a vhf handheld I'd guess? The club in question already has a number of Aquapac cases.
You can indeed have trouble with interference from other users but modern radios are pretty good with their channel codes to help find clear channels.
The one point you make that I can't refute is their durability, there's no doubt in my mind that marine band vhf will last much longer.
Like most things, it comes down to money in the end... if you can afford vhf it's the best option.