Shopping for New VHF

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Seevee, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    232
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    All,
    Shopping for a new VHF, to replace a Ray 55 that has failed.

    Don't need a high end one, but want a good reliable one that I can count on. The DSC capability is nice but not a requirement for this need. However, seems like there's a lot of them that contains GPS and could be used for a backup GPS, which would be nice.

    Price range in the $200 to $400, unless there some killer one that has some great features for more.

    Recommendations?
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Seevee, I have used several brands over the years, both hand held and dash units and I must say my favorite brand is Standard Horizon. I recently had to return one to them because my grandson fiddled with the contrast and I couldn't see the screen. Long story short, they fixed it and returned it to me at no charge. That kind of exemplary customer service makes me a customer for life.
     
  3. MExcelsior

    MExcelsior Member

    482
    Oct 23, 2006
    Iowa
    2007 310 SeaRay DA
    Kohler
    Twin 6.2 MPI Bravo III
    Seevee, you can find them for all prices. If I were a FL boater, and depending on how far off shore, I would probably want AIS, GPS, and probably NMEA2000 connectivity just-in-case. Standard Horizon, Simard RS35, etc. There are a ton of them out there. ; )

    Hope this helps.

    Mike
     
  4. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    Agree on the Standard Horizon for the money Garmin makes a couple nice units depending on how much you want to spend. Just about all new vhf's are DSC Class D, most are NEMA 2000 compatable.
    Contact BOE Marine the sponsor of this site.

    BOE Marine - Marine Electronics / Yacht Brokerage - www.BOEmarine.com - 866-735-5926
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2016
  5. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

    815
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    i just bought a standard horizon GX1700. it has the DSC and GPS built in. i paid about $200 brand new and i got a $40 mail in rebate with it
     
  6. Loose Cannon

    Loose Cannon Member SILVER Sponsor

    163
    Apr 2, 2010
    Havre de Grace, MD
    Between boats
    None
    I upgraded to an ICOM M324G last year which works great so far. Has GPS, DSC, noise cancelling.
     
  7. peterkvs

    peterkvs Member GOLD Sponsor

    489
    Nov 11, 2012
    Guntersville, Alabama
    400 Sundancer 1999
    3116 Cats, 1000 hours
    I installed a Standard Horizon GX-2150. It is a great radio. I highly recommend

    Pete
     
  8. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Icom has won Best VHF radio NMEA award 2014/2015 model M506
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2016
  9. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    I replaced my radio last season with an icom m324. Great features great radio so far.

    Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
     
  10. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    232
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    All,

    I ended up with a Ray 60, fits in same spot and a good basic radio.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  11. Steve04

    Steve04 Member

    62
    Jan 15, 2007
    Long Island NY South Shore
    34 Sundancer 2004
    8.1s twins
    Seevee,
    i am in the same position, my Raymarine 215vhf which came with the boat a 2004 34 Sundancer the mic and cord are gone, i am looking at replacing the whole unit as it is over 14 years old. How do you like the Ray 60 so far. love the idea that it fits in the same spot as i don't want to cut into my dash. thank you
     
  12. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    232
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    While the 60 is OK and very adequate for a transceiver, I would have shopped for something more capable for the space it takes up. The previous owner put bought it before I had input, so I never did shop for anything.
     
  13. Molson

    Molson Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 5, 2011
    Midland, ON
    1997 330 DA
    Twin 7.4 carb V-Drives
    Had a Standard Horizon GX1700 in my last boat, and plan on installing one in this boat, I loved it.
     
  14. RidgeRunner

    RidgeRunner Member SILVER Sponsor

    188
    Jan 25, 2017
    Chesapeake VA
    Amberjack w/ Fishing Package. Full Camper Pkg. 3 ax. Trler. Standard Horizon 2200 VHF w/AIS No Mid
    Single 350 MAG MPI B3
    Just had installed a S/H 2200w. Complete install as the old N/S 100 VHF had mic controls and the unit mounted up under the dash.
    No comment on usability, but it sure looks purty sitting there in the dash.
     
  15. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I think I'm going to pull the trigger on SH HX 870 this season as a back up to the Ray 240 and for use on the dinghy. They've got a $40 rebate on them.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017
  16. bracketracer

    bracketracer Member GOLD Sponsor

    280
    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons
  17. RidgeRunner

    RidgeRunner Member SILVER Sponsor

    188
    Jan 25, 2017
    Chesapeake VA
    Amberjack w/ Fishing Package. Full Camper Pkg. 3 ax. Trler. Standard Horizon 2200 VHF w/AIS No Mid
    Single 350 MAG MPI B3
  18. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Just installed the same gx2200 in mine as well. I really wanted the 6500 but sh couldn't give me an accurate eta


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  19. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    718
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht

    Dinghy: Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    I need a new VHF too... :(

    I like the one that bracketracer posted! Thanks! Probably too rich for my blood though. I was thinking about getting a Uniden or a West Marine...
     
  20. Ike

    Ike Member

    237
    Dec 17, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    1972 Sea Ray SRV 190 I/O
    12 Ft Rowboat
    8 Foot Sailing Dinghy
    Mercruiser 165 6cyl inline GM 250
    I have had one of these for about a year. I am very satisfied with it. I would definitely recommend it.
     

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