A marine VHF radio is the best communication device to have on a boat. It is an important safety tool for mariners who set out on offshore or inland waters. The law requires boats that are over 62 feet to carry a VHF radio, but it is advisable to carry one regardless of the size of your boat. You’ll use it all the time to make contact with harbors or marinas, call rescue services if something goes wrong, and communicate with other boats or ships.
Many people think that carrying a cell phone on their boat eliminates the need a VHF radio. We cannot emphasize enough that a cell phone is not an appropriate alternative for VHF radio! This is because cell phones are limited in range and power and are not suitable for use in a safety situation. This is where the best VHF marine radios come in.
This article is a review of 10 top marine radios. We’ll start with a look at the best marine VHF radio, the Standard Horizon GX1700W Standard Explorer.