Shopping for New VHF

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

  1. Less

    Less New Member

    23
    Jun 13, 2014
    Cape Cod ( Falmouth)
    2006 240 Sundancer. Blue hull with white top. Garmin 545GPS New Standard Horizon 1700 VHF radio
    350 Mercruiser w/ Bravo III drive
    Standard Horizon 1700 with the built in gps.

    I did also. It was installed over the winter. I'll let you know how it works as soon as my boat gets unwrapped and into the water. Hopefully by the end of the month
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017
  2. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

    675
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    My 1700 has been great but i did have a line of dead pixels about 2/3 of the way down. sent it back and a few weeks later good as new
     
  3. ttmott

    ttmott Member GOLD Sponsor

    977
    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2000 Sundancer 400DA
    Cat 3116TA
    There is a good working RAY 55 in the classifieds section. Make me an offer.
    I changed it for a Garmin VHF 210 AIS
     
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Active Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Installing one on my Uncle's 22' Eastern for him today. After much research, this is a great little unit for the price.
     
  5. fc3

    fc3 New Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    4.25x4.00 bore & stroke
    If cost is no issue, ICom is the best. But otherwise Standard Horizon radios are nearly as good for a much more reasonable price. I have no performance data on Garmin units.
     
  6. ttmott

    ttmott Member GOLD Sponsor

    977
    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2000 Sundancer 400DA
    Cat 3116TA
    I just installed the new Garmin VHF 210 AIS. I wanted AIS integrated into the NMEA 2000 network which this does. So far I really like it's performance and features; I would say its comparable to the Icom products. It is, however, in the upper price range for a VHF.
     
  7. JVM225

    JVM225 Active Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I installed the Standard Horizon GX 1700 for my Uncle yesterday and played around with it a little after entering his MMSI number for him.
    I'm pretty impressed with it for the price.
    I wish I could find a way to fit it on the 18' Maxum Bowrider my teenaged kids use. It",s a great little boat, but not much space for electronics anywhere near the helm.
     
  8. fc3

    fc3 New Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    4.25x4.00 bore & stroke
    I don't doubt they're good. Garmin has a stellar reputation with their aviation gear and VHF is VHF, just slightly different frequencies. I just don't have any data, though my RF test data on VHFs are pretty old...
     

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