But with so many options how do you know which type should suit your vessel?
With limited space and lack of a suitable power supply, the best type of VHF radio would be a handheld as it is able to be attached to one’s person.
As jet skis have minimal space and with most users operating them close to shore the best option would be a handheld VHF radio that could be attached to the rider or stowed in the small storage compartment (if available).
Most dinghies are used as tenders to larger vessels or operate close to shore/in rivers. As most do not have a dash and are small the best option would be to have a handheld VHF radio.
Trailer Boat (runabout or larger):
For a trailer boat, most will have a dash of some kind whether it is a cab or centre console and are often used to venture a few nautical miles or more offshore. With the vessel having the room to mount a radio and an existing power source on board it would be best to install a fixed mount VHF radio.
Yacht (or any vessel that lives on a mooring):
With yachts and other large vessels that spend their lives out on the water, often with no land in sight it is a necessity to have reliable long-range communication. It is best to install a fixed mount VHF radio to achieve this. It is also recommended to have a handheld VHF radio for use on the tender/life rafts if they are to be used.
To see our range of VHF radios and which one might suit your vessel click here.