Spend the $85 on the SH CMP-30 Ram3 mic!!
(In addition to the Ram mic's features, the mic's mounting panel that the remote cable attaches to, has speaker wire terminals that allow you to easily wire-in an external speaker if needed in noisy environments....)
, SH, etc. have made very reliable external mics (with most all the control necessary) for about 2 decades now, I've never understood the rational of not doing this...except of course for the cost/$....
Now, the exact specific recommendations would vary depending on what type of sailing you do, where you sail, etc. and of course how often you use/need the vhf, both at the helm
and below decks....but, in general....
Spend the $85 on the SH Ram3 mic!!
Originally Posted by jeepbluetj
Well then, obviously my advice changes to "get the RAM" mic and wire it in...
Only real downside to that is the $$$ - because it essentially gives you a full featured VHF at the remote location (and it's a pretty small wire - easy enough to run). You don't need to be near the door - just where you can run the RAM wire.
Keeping the electronics
inside helps keep them on the boat too - i.e. less chance of theft. -- Ahh - but if you're using the Ipad for the GPS
signal, you'll need it close to where you can wire it all together. (In that case, I'd run the RAM mic below)
Other than that - mount it where you like and run a speaker inside. Or easier yet - just use your handheld. I don't know if the GX2000 has a separate volume control for the external speaker (or if you care). I've got the 2150 - but I've never used the remote speaker.
Although I do disagree about this last point.....
On a 40' boat, there's no need to use a "handheld in the cockpit", when you can have a perfectly functional fix-mount VHF (w/ masthead antenna) at your fingertips...
s/v Annie Laurie