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Excuse me, but my experience tells me connecting 2 VHF to one antenna isn't gonna help much if you had a lightning induced damage like mine. My antenna blew up (vapourised) along with rest of the boat Instruments, strangely the Simrad RT63 VHF is still working fine after replacing a new antenna. If I've to install a new VHF, I would fit an Icom (Ic-402) in the cabin, install a Command Mic at the pedestial and buy an Icom Handheld as backup (may even include a long portable antenna for the handheld).
What I don't like about the Simrad is, the insulation of the mic cable dis-integrated to pieces literally (perhaps due to the heat/mositure of environment - near Equator).