Originally Posted by SpearRib
Keeping in mind I can only get a hand held radio, still better than an Aux engine?
Yes. I have an aux - I rarely take it with me (its a smelly old thing, not that reliable, and has the usual storage issues). I never go without my h/held vhf.
There are many ways to get in the shit which an aux wont really help with: sinking, a fire, MOB, medical emergency, even getting entangled in a pot marker, running out of fuel, another boat needing help that's too big for you to tow...