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  • I remember having less income back in the day and having to save my pennies for a $400 VHF radio.

    Anybody here putting this safety consideration on hold due to cost, should check this out:

    https://www.westmarine.co…held-vhf-radio--18050542

    This $99.99 radio is in my most recent West Marine mailer with an additional $20 rebate. 80 bucks is a damned good deal on a floating submersible VHF. And this should actually be submersible unlike the older ones before my battle with WM back in the 90s.

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    Bill Mattson
    Prindle 19 "Gelli Bean"
    Prindle 19 "Cat's Pajamas"
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  • Sweet deal!

    I have an ICOM M73 (current retail around 180).
    I don't put it in a bag or anything extra, but I do maintain it.
    Meaning after every use I
    Give it a good fresh water rinse and dry (No pressurized hose off)
    pull off all the knobs, etc and clean them out with a toothbrush with a coating of WD40 on it (Surprising how much salt build up there is)
    Give it a wipe down with a cloth damp with WD40
    Charge it
    Store it with the battery separately (There are seals I don't want to develop memory)

    I don't know that any of this nonsense is worth it or proven, but I have had it for 6 years or so and it looks and performs like new. Moral of the story, develop your own crazy method and maintain your equipment.

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    Joshua

    Texas Gulf Coast
    '82 Prindle 16 (Badfish)
    '02 Hobie Wave (Unnamed Project)
    ‘87 Hobie 18 (Sold)
    ‘89 Hobie 17 (ill-advised project boat, Sold)
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  • I'm also a fan of Icom. Better sensitivity and audio than many others. I've had crew turn their radios off when they heard chatter coming from mine that theirs didn't pick up.
    Good idea to preserve the seals Joshua. I'll start doing that myself.

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    Brett
    2012 Goodall C2 with 2014 Hulls (warranty)
    1992 Hobie 18 w/ SX Wings (Sold)
    Tucson, AZ
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  • Bill. No Rebate mentioned at the WM site. Still, a good unit and deal.

    You have a different link to share?

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    Prindle 18
    96734
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  • nohuhuBill. No Rebate mentioned at the WM site. Still, a good unit and deal.

    You have a different link to share?


    The rebate was mentioned in the paper mailer from West Marine, and my local store is in Oxnard, CA. This could be something only offered in some areas. I would check with the local West Marine.

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    Bill Mattson
    Prindle 19 "Gelli Bean"
    Prindle 19 "Cat's Pajamas"
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  • I have the SH earlier version of this radio and I love it. In four races it has spent 5 hours each in my vest being splashed with water every 11 seconds and it works well. We use it so that both crew on the cat have a radio on them, and it is used to receive and transmit with the safety boat and the committee boat throughout the race. Battery time is also good.

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    Sheet In!
    Bob
    ___/)________/)_______/)__/)____/)_____/)/)__________/)__
    Prindle 18-2 #244 "Wakizashi"
    Prindle 16 #3690 "Pegasus" Sold (sigh)
    AZ Multihull Fleet 42 member
    (Way) Past Commodore of Prindle Fleet 14
    Arizona, USA
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  • I have a high-end Cobra unit and I can’t recommend it.

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    Prindle 18
    96734
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