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Old 04-19-2003, 10:12 PM
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just got my 1st boat a 15ft hobie power skiff need a hand held vhf any advice appreciated
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Whaler2003 - check out the Standard Horizon HX460S - very compact size, submersible (JIS7), rugged case, excellant battery life. Quality unit for $250. Phil
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I'd take a look at I would get the one that takes batteries; then get rechargeable batteries. If you have the rechargeable battery pack and it goes dead, your otta luck. Can always put fresh batteries in. You should also consider a cigarette lighter adapter for the boat. is a great place to buy. Good luck with the new boat!

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I second the Standard Horizon HX460S . It comes with a cigarette lighter adapter and it's small size allows it to be stowed in a jacket packet. It's battery can be charged at any time and I've run mine for over ten hours.

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Whaler - Most people will recommend either Standard Horizon or ICOM. I have an ICOM M1V. For me, it is a backup in case the boat batteries die. I can see how Mumblerone recommends one that takes regular batteries, so you can replace them. But, the Lithium Ion battery lasts a long time. I bought this one after a friend used it for a summer as his main radio, the battery lasts forever. Also, the LI battery holds its power longer. That is both good and bad in that when it dies, its dead.

I went back and looked at the ICOM page for the M1V. Here is what is posted:

IC-M1V named a Top 10 product of 2002 in Powerboat Report's annual Editor's Choice issue (11/02).

The IC-M1V is also the top pick radio of Powerboat Reports magazine and Practical Sailor magazine (8/02)!

Also, try Three Rivers Marine. They have great prices and are a THT Sponsor.

(I know it may sound like it, but I have nothing to do with ICOM or three rivers. I just love my ICOM units and have had great service from three rivers).
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