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Re: Vhf radios
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Have to add to the sample and agree with Andy about Standard Horizon products, at least those made over a decade ago.
My experience with an HX450 has been superb, and even with its alloy case pitted with corrosion after a dozen plus years of use, it still works well. That's not to disparage ICOM which has a great reputation.

I've also owned a low-end WestMarine branded radio, as a backup and for use by paddling friends. It was inexpensive yet has held up very well over the years.

I would recommend the West Marine extended warranty program (and I'm not usually a fan of extended warranties!) It's inexpensive protection for those times a unit fails. West Marine will simply take back the broken unit (if under $400) and replace it with the same or a comparable unit, and they'll do it in any of their stores. The one time I had to do so, it was the day before departing on a long trip. They didn't have the unit in Norwalk, but identified one in the inventory of their South Portland store and arranged for me to do the swap on my drive up to Lubec. Great service.

With all that said, models have changed over the years and I imagine what you really need are reviews of current offerings, perhaps best obtained online somewhere.

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