Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-12-2018, 05:05   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
Dave_S's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Brisbane Australia
Boat: Schionning Waterline 1480
Posts: 862
Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

It's time for a new VHF.

I have heard some will work with the plotter for MOB and personal AIS and alarms.

I get lost in all the sales blurb I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

I'd like...
  • The MOB function
  • I want to mount it close to the helm not the nav station where it is now
  • It might get wet, occasionally... rarely
  • I'd like it to panel mount
  • A quality speaker would be good

Thanks
__________________

__________________
Regards
Dave
Dave_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2018, 09:08   #2
Registered User
 
wrwakefield's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Still enamored of higher latitudes; exploring Southcentral and Southeast Alaska— and British Columbia— for now...
Boat: Nauticat 43
Posts: 1,081
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

Dave,

We chose the B&G V50 VHF radio. It connnects directly to our existing NMEA 2000 [N2K] network and provides all the functions you mentioned. [We have 2- Zeus2 MFDs.]

Most other radios with the capabilities you mentioned are NMEA 0183, so, depending upon what you have already, you may need a multiplexer to put them on your N2K network so they can integrate to your Zeus3 MFD.

We also bought their wireless remote [H50] for use in the cockpit [and anywhere else on the boat— and nearby— since it is wireless.]

We are very pleased with this set up as our primary VHF radio.

Best wishes with your search.

Cheers! Bill
__________________

__________________
SV Denali Rose

Short on opinions; focused on research, facts & experience [yours and ours...]
wrwakefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2018, 10:39   #3
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Sea-TechSystems's Avatar

Community Sponsor

Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Seattle WA
Boat: 45' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey
Posts: 51
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

Icom m506 or m605 will work well also. Both are NMEA2000, both have AIS receive functionality as an option, and are waterproof with loud speakers. They both will receive the DSC calls and send that data to your Zeus MFDs as well. Another option is to put the VHF itself down below and use a remote mic. While not wireless, the Icom CommandMic IV can be mounted at the helm, has full control of the radio and even an AIS radar display if the radio has an AIS receiver. Plus it's waterproof of course, takes up less space vs a whole radio, and since it's wired, it never needs charging and the audio quality is excellent (no wireless interference).

the B&G V50 is also a great option if you are trying to stay all B&G.
__________________
Richard Anderson, SV Mobert. Owner - Sea-Tech Systems - Communications, Navigation, and Weather packages and services for the offshore cruising boat.
Sea-TechSystems is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2018, 15:22   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
Dave_S's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Brisbane Australia
Boat: Schionning Waterline 1480
Posts: 862
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

Thank you both.

I think I'll stick with the B&G just for continuity sake. I've had a look at both and they look pretty much the same to me.
__________________
Regards
Dave
Dave_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2018, 15:48   #5
Registered User
 
wrwakefield's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Still enamored of higher latitudes; exploring Southcentral and Southeast Alaska— and British Columbia— for now...
Boat: Nauticat 43
Posts: 1,081
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave_S View Post
Thank you both.

I think I'll stick with the B&G just for continuity sake. I've had a look at both and they look pretty much the same to me.
Dave,

Since both the V50 [radio] and H50 [remote] can have their firmware updated [a great feature] get the seller to confirm they are up to date when you buy them. [You will find latest firmware virsions on the B&G site...]

I mention this because— while you can upgrade the radio over your N2K network— last I knew the remote had to be sent to a B&G dealer for the update.

Cheers! Bill

PS: Neither has had an update in ~ 2 years, so only old stock would be an issue for you...
__________________
SV Denali Rose

Short on opinions; focused on research, facts & experience [yours and ours...]
wrwakefield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2018, 22:30   #6
Registered User

Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

Lowrance LINK8. I had one networked with a Simrad EVO2 MFD. Navico products work well together. The LINK8 had some teething problems when they first came out, but the bugs have been fixed now. The same radio is available under Lowrance, Simrad or B&G branding.
Kamen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2018, 22:47   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
Dave_S's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Brisbane Australia
Boat: Schionning Waterline 1480
Posts: 862
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

I saw the Lawrence radio, it looked like the same radio but cheaper. Is there any difference ?

It may just be different pricing for different stores.
__________________
Regards
Dave
Dave_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2018, 00:16   #8
Registered User

Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

The only difference is that the B&G variant supports up to two remote H60 wireless handsets. The Lowrance doesn't, or at least it is not advertised. This may be important to you. It wasn't to me.
Kamen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-12-2018, 17:26   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 42
Re: Best VHF with B & G Zeus 3

B&G V60 radio is out now. Some big improvements over the V50. Including a new Nav screen.


https://www.bandg.com/en-gb/bg/type/...adio-with-ais/
__________________

Rusty007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
vhf

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Zeus 3 and VHF radio recommendation felizcortez Marine Electronics 9 08-11-2018 10:43
B&G Zeus MFD - Has Anyone Tried it ? hoppy Marine Electronics 94 12-04-2017 19:08
Any B&G Zeus 2 owners? CAELESTIS Marine Electronics 1 24-09-2014 13:36
Migrating to B&G Zeus Touch so34chi Marine Electronics 3 11-07-2014 22:17
Cool Sailing Functions in B&G Zeus Dockhead Marine Electronics 0 31-03-2014 05:45



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:10.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.