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There is actually an organized "Strange Antenna Contest" running on Field Day this year, proving that light bulbs, lawn chairs, and barb wire fences can all make effective antennas. Sometimes.
I have nothing against splitters and think sometimes they are a good idea. But all considered...a car stereo works so well with a plain cheap whip antenna, or a dipole, that personally I wouldn't spend $100-150 to split it into the VHF at the masthead. And, I confess that I prefer a nice SIMPLE and robust antenna system for a transmitter, because it is always the "Oh, it can't be that, those never fail" that breaks things.
I just don't see much need for the splitter in a typical sailboat boat application, unless you really really want to use the car stereo for dx'ing.