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 Active Member

    836
    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 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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...
     
  9. JoAna

    JoAna Member

    73
    Feb 10, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    2005 420DB
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3 450HP
    Went out and bought an Icom m424G today. But then I hear that we should have also considered AIS? What is AIS?? Also I’d still like to find a compatible raymarine hand corded hand unit that is compatible with the old ray240. Are any of the other models compatible? I think they’re 8 pin right? I’d like to keep the Raymarine as a back up to the Icom. The one I found on eBay was a used ray240 for..... wait for it... $310!!!!!! More than the Icom, retail !?! Keeping the old ray unit is only beneficial as a backup due to the old technology and the fact that I don’t want to have the old speaker, mount and plug just sitting there unused and if we remove them, then I have to deal with repairing the holes left behind. Thoughts anyone?
     
  10. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    I have a Ray220 with a newly refurbished mic (refurbed by Raymarine) I'll sell you for $100. I have a second unit (with no mic) I'll throw in with it. So two units and one mic.
     
  11. kysearay

    kysearay Member

    79
    Jun 15, 2017
    KY
    42 Sundancer
    8.1's gassers
    I did a search on ebay yesterday and was amazed at the $$ that busted up faded screen ray 240 were posted for! I hate the unit - my speaker works great but broadcasting is no bueano! Watching this one.......
     
  12. JoAna

    JoAna Member

    73
    Feb 10, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    2005 420DB
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3 450HP
    Antenna. Now since we’ve decided to just upgrade the vhf, we also need to upgrade the antenna - of course I’m confused by them all. I went to see west marines Best one, shakeshear 8900 8ft. 6db antenna ~ coming in at $250. It does have AIS capability (now that I know what AIS is) but we don’t need that and new vhf doesn’t have it anyway. Is there something more economical that would be well suited?
     
  13. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    JoAna, on another post you were talking about wanting to venture up the coast and into the Delta. With that kind of open water cruising I think you should reconsider your purchase and get a unit with AIS capabilities. Yes, they are a bit more but what is the safety of your vessel and more importantly, you passengers and family worth. You cruise in an area of heavy commercial shipping. It might be worth the added $$$$.
    Shawn
     
  14. JoAna

    JoAna Member

    73
    Feb 10, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    2005 420DB
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3 450HP
    Really? Safety for us is paramount. So, maybe I’m not understanding something. I thought that ais just gave me other nearby boaters’ info. If that’s all it does I’m not sure how that make me safer? Radio hasn’t been installed yet so I can still return and upgrade if I find it’s needed.
     
  15. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    322
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    More importantly, it also makes your tiny boat (comparatively) visible to large commercial vessels.
     
  16. Third Edition

    Third Edition Member

    78
    Apr 9, 2017
    NE Florida
    360 Sundancer 2002
    T-8.1L V-drives
    Other vessels only 'see' you on AIS if you transmit AIS. To my understanding that SH GX2200 is AIS receive only. Still a great radio IMO.

    Still, receive only gives you the names of vessels & you then can call them on the radio by name. Better than calling "that big rusty freighter" and hope they understand you're taking to them.
     

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