I have a handheld
I use a handheld at the helm but like to have a 25 watt VHF on board. I find the range shy on the handheld. I sail all over, Lake Ontario, North Channel, Florida in the winter. The old boat with the 3 dB antenna mast mounted antenna worked OK on the top of the mast but the connectors can not be waterproofed because they have to opened all the time. When trailering the coax connectors are exposed to lots of water. I use a cap on the deck fitting but the connectors at each end on the mast are subject to water ingress into the connector and coax cable. I think these big whip antennas work for power boats so why not use one on a sailboat ?