Originally Posted by northwestsailor
I am in the market for a new VHF. Defender and Active Captain have this great sounding deal ActiveCaptain Product of the Week
. However when there are great deals on hardware
it usually means a new product is about to be announced.
1) does anyone know if Navico has a new VHF to come out soon with new features I will be sorry not to have?
2) I have read pretty nice reports on CF and elsewhere re: the Simrad V35/B&G V50 but is there anything better
3) anyone else on CF going to take advantage of this offer. I don't like to rush into things but it seems like a good deal
Any advice out there, please.
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I have been planning to replace one of the older ICOM VHF radios that came with the boat, favoring one with GPS
, N2K, and AIS capability. Therefore, I ordered one the same day the newsletter was received. It will almost complete my B&G set-up (Zeus touch, 4G radar
, etc.) [Now I await their new forward scanning sonar...]
I like the idea of the wireless mike and its contactless [waterproof] induction charging
when in the cradle
. That, when used with the lanyard, should prove quite useful. [I'll be able to leave the handheld VHFs off in their charging
cradles ready for other uses...]
I also miss the hailer horn [for fog
signaling] and listen-back feature I have had on my other vessels. This radio will provide that capability.
I already have class B AIS, but since our MOB alarms are based upon AIS, I like having a back-up AIS receiver [which will be turned off unless the class B becomes inop.]
Last fall I took advantage of a similar offer via AC for the Standard Horizon GX2200 MATRIX AIS/GPS 2200 w/ hailer horn, and I added a RAM3 mike. That package has been sitting on the boat awaiting spring commissioning.
I suspect just not having to run the wire for the RAM mike will tip the scales in favor of the B&G radio. [Not to mention plug-and-play into my N2K network- bypassing the NMEA 0183
altogether- something not possible with the Standard Horizon.]
I may sell the Standard Horizon or install both radios [replacing both older ICOMs...] but don't have to decide until I'm back on the boat in March.