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i am the proud owner of a brand new 19 ft. bay boat! i purchased the the boat to fish black bay and other surrounding areas. my first venture out was to be sunday 7/08. my trip was to be black bay out of the infamous 'sweetwater marina' ,a place i have used frequently in the past and will continue to use in the future.well the first thing i did saturday evening was join sea tow.then got to thinking about a vhf radio. first and foremost was safety on my mind. i always have my 8 yr. old grandson with me. i am wondering on anyone's experience on vhf radios. i have never had one and would like you guy's advice. thanks !
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Look on internet
Would not leave home without it. Cell phones are great but signal is sometimes weak to none. You can find an excellent radio for about $100 on the net. Some now even connect to your GPS and you have an emergency button on the VHF and it sends out your coordinates. Can't go wrong. The only thing is the 36' antena is only good for about 3 miles and the 7 foot is good for about 10 miles. But the 36' will get you the coast guard or someone within range. Safe boating.....
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marine radio
thanks , i just wanted another means of comunication. what are the preferred brands i should look for?
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VHF radio
I presently have an ICON VHF and it's held up well for me. Uniden is an another unit I had that performed well. Hummingbird however was a P-O-S however
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