Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Those lil dinky VHF handhelds
I bought one of the super cheap Cobra models. It came in a two pack, with rechargeable batteries, two chargers, waterproof baggies, for $150 or so. It is not 5W, it is 2W.
Anyway, the radio is not high quality, but it does work OK for hailing a marina to ask about the fuel dock, launch, tie-up, etc.
I would not rely on it to broadcast a may day if I were 10 miles off shore, but it''s great to keep in the cockpit so I can monitor ch 16.
My boat came with a ''real'' radio mounted in the cabin, but that doesn''t help when I''m in the cockpit.
I guess my point is that I would not want this as my only radio if I were going to be "out there" but it''s great for a backup.