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Old 03-01-2012, 05:57 AM
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Good day mates,

New to boating. I am looking to add a radio to my boat so that I can hail sea-tow or CG in case of emergency or breakdown on the water.

I live in NJ, will likely be close to shore (inlets, channels, and Delaware River/Bay). May occasionally go short distance off-shore.

My concern is a quick way to contact sea-tow or CG in case of emergency or breakdown. I have an older boat and engine that run good, however, with a single engine, if it will not cooperate, i am stuck. If i am out on the Delaware Bay, or a couple of miles off-shore, I am assuming that my cell phone will could be out of range.

Funds are limited, I do not need anything fancy or brand-new. Will likely look for deal ob ebay.

What other concerns should I have when looking for a marine radio?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Get an ICOM or Standard Horizon, fixed VHF radio, with a good 8' Shakespeare Antenna. Call Tow company or Coast Guard on VHF channel 16
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Most fixed mount marine radios are similar. They are all 25 watt and all new ones must have DSC capability. Prices are reasonable, a little over $100. Add an 8 foot antenna and you're about done. If you have a GPS, be sure to hook up the radio to the GPS so you can "push the red button" in the event of a life threatening emergency and have your position broadcast to the USCG and all boats in range.

That being said, if you are new to boating, before you do any of this, please take a safe boating course. Find your local Power Squadron (start at USPS.org) and sign up for a class. Be sure to take the full 8 hour course. Then, sign up for the DSC/VHF radio seminar to learn how your new radio can save your bacon.
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In addition, make sure to do a radio check each time you go offshore. Far too many find themselves with a non-working radio at the most critical time. Seatow offers an automated check here, they may in your area as well.
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Scout,

Thanks, yes my girl and I just completed both the on-line, and classroom seminars for boating safety, took our tests and passed. Kinda pissed me off, my girl got a 100 on hers. I missed 1 question outa 50. Passing the Safety Course is a requirement in NJ.

Yes, also planning on a reasonable GPS, as well. Would like to be able to get back to where I started, if the weather closes in, or I lose sight of land/markers.
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What GPS do you currently have on board? That will make the answer easier..
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CJ,

No GPS, yet. Just bought the boat a few weeks ago. Wanted to make sure it was running and mechanically sound 1st. Took it for a shake-down run last week. All is fine with boat, motor, etc. Got new PFD's, new ropes, anchor, etc.

Now planning on rewiring, and outfitting with new lights (cabin, running, anchor, and UW), GPS, VHF Radio, and Stereo.

Not a big boat, 15ft Henry O (McKee) Challenger with a 50hp Evinrude. Looking to keep costs to a minimum. Any suggestions on a GPS or GPS/Radio combination would be greatly appreciated.
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You sound like me when I got my current boat.. Don't go out too far and as always, want to keep my costs down..

You should look at the VHF and GPS together.. They will talk to one another as far as DSC capability. You want to make sure both have the DCS capability and can chat with one another. I really like my standard horizon GX1600 for my VHF.. Check around, ebay isn't always the cheapest. You should be able to get that radio for a little less than $150 plus whatever antenna/mount you want to go with.
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Get the Standard Horizon GX1700 - it's got a built in GPS, so the DSC works out of the box (once you register). Means you can hit the button in an emergency, & the VHF will broadcast who you are &your location.

http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0
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Originally Posted by kitebuz View Post
Get the Standard Horizon GX1700 - it's got a built in GPS, so the DSC works out of the box (once you register). Means you can hit the button in an emergency, & the VHF will broadcast who you are &your location.

http://www.standardhorizon.com/index...3&isArchived=0
Exactly what I was going to post. All in one with GPS/DSC and a very compact design. S/H is a standount in VHF, your best does everything solution. You will still want a GPS for visual purposes, but that is your best safety bang for the buck radio/solution.
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Yup, the GX1700 is the GPS version of the GX1600.. Around $235.. Very nice indeed...
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West Marine VHF580 and an 8ft antenna. I got mine last summer for around $200.

I have had decent cell coverage in the lower Delaware bay, but you should have a VHF anyway.
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Originally Posted by cjldad View Post
Yup, the GX1700 is the GPS version of the GX1600.. Around $235.. Very nice indeed...
THis is a new model!! Great!! It is the fixed version of the Handheld HX-851!

Excellent and you can leave the NMEA 0183 free to interface with an inexpensive heading sensor (if you are getting a radar).
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This will work fine for your use. You may actually want a 5' or 3' style antennae due to your boat size and distance from shore. I would be very surprised if your cell did not work where you mentioned. Even so I would have both. Add a GPS soon also.

Radio $114
Antennae and base $52

Total $166

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIDEN-SOLAR...s_Gear&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-TRAM-162...item3a6dfc4d7d
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This is a 15 foot boat and 48 hp Evinrude. I suspect that he will not be going more than a few miles from shore, or even a pass--apparently mostly in Delaware bay. As noted for the most part will be within cell phone range.

I submit that for this purpose that a good handheld that he can keep on his person, plus a hand held GPS with map will do very well for this use. When he upgrades to a bigger boat later (or sooner) he will then have the essential hand held VHF. I believe that we all respect the importance of a hand held radio in the pocket/life vest in the case of an emergency.

This gets away from the antenna issue on a 15 foot side console boat. Start off with a Standard Horizon
HX851S which includes a GPS integrated for about $210. For a For about $150 he can get a Garmin 76 CX (Current West Marine Special) and add a micro SD chart--or a used larger chart plotter for $200 or so from someone who is upgrading.

In my 18 foot Caracal Cat which is rarely more than 5 miles from shore, I carry only hand held VHF's even though I have two 25 watt radios and 8 foot antennas in the larger boat I take offshore.

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