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Old 06-13-2019, 11:03 AM
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Okay, so... I bought a Grady Islander. I am waiting on a new hard top to be delivered, been waiting since March. I expected it early June, then Late June, but looking like Mid July...not a huge deal, I am sure it will be beautiful.. but...heh

I may need to get this boat on the water between now and then. Been holding off till the top is on, but Daddy needs to fish.

Unfortunately, the VHF will not be installed till the top goes on...so...I am thinking the Jetties would be fine without a VHF.

Dying to get her on the water.. lol

Thoughts? What would you do, wait, or head out without any sort of top, just to get some water through her?

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:07 AM
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get a handheld VHF. They're cheap and work well close to shore.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:10 AM
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Sunscreen and a handheld. Go fishin man!
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:11 AM
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Hand held VHF, near shore. once you are fully outfitted, the handheld can go in the ditchbag.

get your ass out there and go fishing!!!!
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:16 AM
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Yea, a handheld would get it done, but how far out would you go if you had a handheld?

Seems to me, if all we did was go out to the jetties, hell.. within 500 yards of them, we could yell. I feel silly buying a handheld when I will have 2 of them a couple weeks later.. heh

Well, a handheld can be an emergency backup I guess. That would be a good idea, actually, so long as it is kept charged.

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:28 AM
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Yes, it`s a good back up. You should be fine inside of 10 miles I would think.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:31 AM
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pickup a used $25 handheld on local craiglist
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:33 AM
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How far out are your jetties? We still have mobile service at the Charleston jetties.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:35 AM
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Hrm, there is a handheld for 35 bucks, not sure how good it is.

10 miles? Hell, I can get on a lot of good fish in 10 miles lol

Not sure how far out cell signal is. I am sure we could get on some good fish at the jetties, definitely within 10 miles.

There is a Midland Nautico 3 for like $35 on clist.. might be worth getting.

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:37 AM
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For a handheld I would lean toward one that uses disposable batteries, and then keep a good supply of lithium batteries (don't corrode like alkaline) along with it in your ditch bag. Would absolutely suck to have a perfectly good handheld and no way to charge/power it.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:49 AM
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Agreed. Man, looking at all the ones out there, there is a super cheap one from China called Baofeng or something.. talk about flooding the market. Sticking to names I know. Rather pay more than risk some brand that cheap heh.

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Old 06-13-2019, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
Hand held VHF, near shore. once you are fully outfitted, the handheld can go in the ditchbag.

get your ass out there and go fishing!!!!
Close the thread, folks. You need a decent handheld anyway. Get it now and get wet.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:02 PM
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Between handheld VHF and your cell phone you're probably good 5 or 6 miles out. Let's roll.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:13 PM
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Lol, thanks guys. Going to pick one up. Just shopping around. Will get something tonight and start planning a trip.

Till then, just got an email... a little "teaser" not "on topic" with vhf...but, on topic with why I made the post....

The frame for the new top:

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Old 06-13-2019, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Between handheld VHF and your cell phone you're probably good 5 or 6 miles out. Let's roll.
Throw in a flare gun and you're good for another 20.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:26 PM
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Yea, I already have flare guns, a giant orange flag, whistles, lights etc.. just missing the dang top for the electronics heh

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Old 06-13-2019, 04:12 PM
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Reminds me of last year when my boat was getting new motors. Service manage forgot to order wiring harnesses and Yamaha display. Then we found out the display was backordered which took another couple weeks. Luckily I was able to fish with a friend because I was starting to go through withdrawal.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:20 PM
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Whether you have 1,2, or 4 vhfs, you always need a handheld on board, period. What if you have a massive electrical issue that knocks out all your electrical and motors, and you need to call for help?

Another vote for get a handheld and go fishing. Keep it charged and let it live in your oh shit bag once you gave your primaries installed. If you ever go on the float trip nobody wants to, you may still be able to maintain communication with the help on the way.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:58 PM
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Yea, just trying to find one under 100 bucks that lets me use batteries vs a charger....and is more than 2watts heh.

still looking.

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Old 06-13-2019, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jrbarnard View Post
Baofeng or something..
Baofeng is actually a decent brand in the amateur radio market.

Ping me your address. I will send you a Cobra I am not using anymore that takes alkaline batteries. I'm using SIMRAD and Standard Horizon handhelds as backups now; they are LiOn rechargeable.

You can also ride along with me on my next trip if you just need to scratch the itch.
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