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Old 15 November 2004, 13:42   #1
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Which VHF: Navman, Icom or Cobra?

Im looking for a new VHF radio at the mo.
I'm torn over the following models. Im sure most people will tell me to buy the Icom, but it's the most expensive, and doesn't have DSC...
-Navman 7100 DSC VHF Radio - 165 (is this one waterproof????)
-Icom IC-M401Euro Compact Waterproof VHF - 199.95
-Cobra Marine Waterproof DSC VHF Radio F55 - 114.95

Price and waterproofness are my two key concerns.

I'm also looking for an ariel for it; what sort is best for a RIB?

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Old 15 November 2004, 13:52   #2
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Im sure most people will tell me to buy the Icom, but it's the most expensive, and doesn't have DSC...
How about this one: http://www.yachtinguniverse.com/shop/page13.htm

And no, I'm not on commission!
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Old 15 November 2004, 13:54   #3
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Have a look at www.rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=7056&highlight=cobra for viwes on the cobra set.

I believe the navman is as waterproof as they get. i.e. 1/2 hour in a deep puddle. Even Jon brooks rates it!
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What about the Raymarine - believe it is the same inside as the Navman but looks much nicer!!!

I have totally ruled out the Cobra but choice is between the Navman/Raymarine and the Icom - decisions decisions!!!!
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I really like the look of the Navman. The price too is very attrative.

Louise: that's a very nice Icom - I hadnt seen that one before. However, it's got the same features as the Navman and is 40 more expensive (the price of an ariel!!) and doesn't look as nice IMHO.

Does anyone has any experiance of the Navman?
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Old 15 November 2004, 14:51   #6
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Tim,

The prices on that site are EXCLUDING VAT! Watch out!

I haven't really looked at VHFs before but when i get a hand held one I think i'll probably go for Icom.

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Thanks Tim. The doesn't really matter, as I've decided to go for the Navman.

I just relised there is a recent thread on the 7100 on here, and it all sounds good!

165 including VAT seems quite a good price as well.

Just need an aeriel now!

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IMVHO ICOM win every time, on quality and service. We run 2 and just doing adeal on our third.

By the way we are not and never have been connected with ICOM !!! (Free baseball cap Jon? )

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I would never buy another Icom product as i have had a couple of failures with the ones I have had and I don't want to use em anymore. To this end we have fitted a new Navman 7100 and our repaired Icom 503 euro on the same boat and we will see which one fails first.

What usually happens now is Jon Brooks gives me a good slagging !
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tim go to the boat show in jan sure you will find a good deal to be had
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