I've got an Icom 718. It's a basic radio
but relatively easy to use without many layers deep menus the more modern radios require you to go through. It worked great on the sail to Hawaii
. Mine has been opened up so it is capable of transmitting on all HF frequencies. That's about a 5 minute job for someone with limited electronics
experience. Bought mine used for a little over $400, new ones are around $700.
If I wanted a more complex radio
, would look closely at Icom 7200. It has a marinized front control panel
. A nice to have feature on a boat. Looks to have most of the bells and whistles to tweak the radio for best reception