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VHF and GPS Recommendations requested:

I bought a Pearson Triton that had the vhf removed. I am looking for a replacement. I plan to cruise the bahamas or the keys this fall/winter. Any recommendations as to what I should look for in a vhf? Particular brands and places to shop?


I have a handheld etrex vista gps. Are the electronic charts worth buying for such a small handheld?

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I like Standard Horizon radios. I have had excellent luck with one.

Garmin GPS's for sure. Don't get a Magellan. I bought a hand held Magellan, had so many problems with it that I returned it to the seller. A fisherman friend became so frustrated with his Magellan he threw it over the side.

My Garmin handheld GPSMAP 76 is excellent. The newer ones have better chart resolution yet.
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I would go with a VHF that has DSC capability, and can interface with your GPS. The eTrex should have the necessary NMEA 0183 RS-232 output.

I have the Raymarine VHF 54 unit, and I like it. It also has a speaker out connection for a remote speaker.
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