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Old 01 November 2015, 17:01   #1
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Which vhf

Hi all im Looking for a basic dsc vhf for a rib I've had icom on my last few hard boats & always just used a handheld in the 4m rib we have but currently fitting out a 7.4m delta and want to fit a fixed unit
The cheapest icom is 150 but I can get a standard Horizon for 99
I'm sure I've seen discussion on here ( which I can't find) & there seemed to be as many standard fans as icom fans
My thoughts are that the radio on the dash of an open rib will have a limited life & I can replace the standard 3 times for the price of 2 icoms
& the standard comes with a 3 year anti moisture guarantee
What's the general opinion?
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Old 01 November 2015, 17:13   #2
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I've used SH since giving up on cobra about ten yrs ago, in both handheld, and more recently fixed form. I'd happily buy another. I don't have anything against icom, bit if the same functionality is 50% more I'd take some convincing! are there subtle differences in spec and could anything on the more expensive model be useful?
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I think SH and ICOM debate is that they are as good manufacturers as each other.

Looks like the SH GX1200E and GX1300E are available at the moment for 99. Or the Icom M323 or SH GX1700E for 159. I'd agree the M323 and 1300X seem very similar and while I follow your replace it 1/3rd often logic - if you had 159 burning a hole in your pocket the 1700 has a built in GPS, bigger screen, chunkier radio, supports the RAM mike (not cheap!) so that your radio could be better protected from the elements, IPX8 water proof rather than IPX7 of Icom. (of course that just means they test to a different standard the Icom may pass that standard too but not been tested.)

I think the other think in my mind would be what will you be interfacing too? Plotter? AIS? Would you want a position from the DSC to the plotter - best check thats possible with all the models, would you want to be able to call an AIS target from the plotter screen - again thats only possible on certain models...
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Old 01 November 2015, 19:45   #4
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Thanks poly & ShinyShoe I'm trying to keep costs down (this is boat no 3 in the fleet)but want something that will work when the shit hits
I'll be taking the position from a furuno gp3500 10" plotter I've bought used & I did wonder if it was worthwhile having a vhf with gps built in as a second reference?
We usually carry a garmin etrex which would at least give a position to relay if the plotter went down at the critical moment.
The problem is its always just a little more money for the next must have feature!
I won't be going AIS as I don't think it's required on the west of scotland nor radar as we have it on the cruiser & rarely use it
I like the icom unit we have but at a 50% saving the SH is looking favourite at the moment
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Old 02 November 2015, 04:01   #5
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Ken will the same people be jumping back and forth between all the boats in the flotilla? There might be a slight advantage to having the same style of user interface on all the boats. Not a problem for selecting channels or red button ops, but anything fancier...
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Thanks Poly another good point I hadn't thought of

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I use a Standard Horizon GX1700. I wish I would have waited for the GX2200 which has AIS as well as GPS.

It's a good unit... I had it mounted on the tiller of my prior boat. It consistently saw a lot of water and salt spray with no hiccups.
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Old 03 November 2015, 07:25   #8
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Looks like the SH has as good a reputation as the Icom & I'm not realy interested in the extras so think I'll just order the basic SH cheers for the advice
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late to the party Ken but I believe that SH is manufactured by Yaesu. In the world of Ham radio there would seem to be parity between Icom and Yaesu. I would take advantage of cash savings by buying the SH name for marine work. You will nt be buying an inferior product.
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Thanks Jepho I've bought the SH as it seemed like the general opinion was there wasn't much difference in quality & I can't see the point in paying a 50%premium for a different name that is going to get left in an open cockpit.
I had a sh cp1000 plotter In a previous boat & it failed well out of warranty so I sent it to yaesu for repair expecting to pay for it & they actually replaced it foc which I thought was good service
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