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    VHF, Fixed mount or handheld

    I'm looking at getting a VHF radio for the new boat, which is better? Fixed mount or handheld? I want to go 50-100 miles offshore for fishing and don't want to get stranded without any communication.

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    Somewhere in Ohio
    Fixed mount will have more range, since you can mount a proper antenna. If you plan on going 50-100 miles out you need a quality fixed mount at minimum. I do, and would suggest, that you carry a handheld with your emergency gear in the event you have to abandon ship.

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    1987 Apache Scout
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    Fixed mount. Get a good antenna as well. Bigger is better.

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    Formula FASTech 382 Sunseeker Apache 45
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    Bell Canyon, CA
    I've always had both. The handheld is useful as a backup, but also can be used when ashore too and someone else is still on the boat. Some areas of Catalina don't have cell service or is crappy.

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    Registered User Platinum Member MidOcean's Avatar
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    2001 Viking 61, 2002 45' Sonic
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    Lake Norman/ Cornelius, NC
    Fixed mount and invest in an EPIRB

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