Handheld Radio advice Needed
Nate, here''s one data point you may find of use: the manager of the West Marine Repair Center, where all their sold electronics receive warranty repairs, was for many years(and perhaps may still be) Dave Wells. I asked him what observations he could make about the reliability of the different VHF brands and he stated that Standard Horizon''s reliability record was not beaten by anyone (tied by Icom but not beaten), even tho'' that brand is competitively priced.
This data may be scewed a bit since older units are likely to be junked vs. repaired. OTOH you''ll be buying new, so this should be relevant in your search. Good luck and congrats on the new boat!