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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Avoid the West Marine VHF 155  (Read 2531 times)

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I got the West Marine VHF 155 radio (it's a floating model) about a month ago and used it about half-a-dozen times. The battery pack is held in place by a cheap plastic latch that broke off when it was very lightly bumped on the side of my kayak. It's a lousy design and, in my opinion, not likely to hold up under normal use. So instead of replacing it with the same model, I decided to go with the Standard Horizon HX751, which is about the same price (and also floating). I haven't used the HX751 yet, but the battery system is certainly far superior---no way it's going to fall out unless the unit is destroyed.
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