I have experience with the Thrane and Thrane. I don't find the replay feature very useful. It doesn't record
long enough to hold an entire safety
or weather transmission
. If there's a transmission
meant for you, it will be repeated anyway if you don't answer. You don't run up and down the cockpit
all the time to replay recorded messages so you can hear what you just missed. If you're in a conversation, it's easier to ask to have the last transmission repeated. Besides, it only holds the very last message received.
I don't think you should go get a VHF
only based on its capability of recording transmissions. That said, the Thrane and Thrane (Sailor) RT-5022 is a great little machine and the sound quality from the speaker is just superb.