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Re: remote VHF radio mic installation at helm?
The only time I am driving from the helm is in close quarters with other boats... or motoring down a fairway/channel to a fuel dock. In these cases I use a handheld VHF Horizon HX870. It has AIS, GPS etc.
The vast majority of the time underway the boat is steered by AP.
The fixed mount VHF Horizon GX2200 is at my nav desk where I have a plotter which shows AIS targets. I use this location to make longer range calls.
For my style of sailing I don't need a fixed mount unit at the helm or even a remote... though this could replace the hand held. However the hand held is portable and I can use it in the dink if I want. The hand held is providing flexibility and some redundancy.
pay attention... someone's life depends on it