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VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

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$129.99

Regular $159.99

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Model # 14078562 | Mfg # VHF160

Product Description

The VHF160 is packed with outstanding features including emergency strobe, all marine VHF channels, NOAA emergency weather alert, dual-, triple- and quad-watch plus scanning, memory channel scan and instant access to Channel 16 or Channel 9.

With a Power Boost Key for instant 6-watt transmitting power, this floating radio boasts a rugged IPX8 waterproof rating. It comes fully equipped with an auxiliary battery tray, AC and DC adaptors, AC/DC charging cradle, Li-ion battery pack, swivel belt clip and wrist strap.

Glow-in-the-dark power key and seals make location at night easy!

  • Dimensions: 2 3/8"W x 5 5/8"H x 1 11/16"D
  • Material: Polycarbonate chassis
  • Controls: Nine buttons, up-down channel selection keys
  • Display Type: Segmented LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Memory, Dual, Triple and Quad Watch Plus
  • Weather Alert: Nine channels plus local alert
  • Transmit Power: 6/2.5/1 Watt
  • Battery Type: 1160mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX8
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof; 49.99 flat rate applies after 3 years

Product Manual

 

Specs

VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 12 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Color Black
Dimensions 2 3/8" Width x 5 5/8" Height x 1 11/16" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Memory Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Quad-Watch
Transmit Power 6/2.5/1 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate
Weight 8.4 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.5

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (58)
  • Good audio (58)
  • Easy to use (57)
  • Lightweight (52)
  • Rugged (48)

Cons

  • Short range (3)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (62)
  • Emergencies (35)
  • Camping (10)
  • Families (8)
  • Hiking (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (53), Avid adventurer (10), Outdoor professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (61), Business (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Radio

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

saw this radio was onsale so i bought it easy to use screen very clear and audio was clear very happy with it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

no tag button

There is no tag button to preset a specific channel(s)to access quickly

There is no tag button to preset a specific channel(s)to access quickly

Reviewed by 69 customers

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5.0

Would recommend the product

By Arctic Tern

from Gaithersburg, MD

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

    Use the handheld radio for sailing in particular racing

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    this product is excellent

    By Tumner

    from Stockton, Ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Signal
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Audio
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Camping
      • Emergencies
      • Families
      • Hiking
      • Hunting

      Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

      using on our boat

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      4.0

      excellent radio

      By Puget Sound sailor

      from Seattle

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup radio
        • Boating

        Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

        Good deal for the price. Easy to use, long battery life, and light weight. The one con I have is that the clip for the unit came off easily so you have to be careful not to bump it the wrong way and lose your radio if you have it clipped on.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Bought it at the retail store. The service was excellent.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice unit

        By Seamus golden

        from great lakes

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Signal
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

          Boating

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this VHF radio again and would recommend it

          By none

          from Ocean City, Md.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Signal
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Emergencies

            Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

            I was looking for a backup VHF radio for my coastal craft. I boat mainly in a protected bay area and
            wanted something compact but full featured. Price was a consideration as well as it being able to
            float. I do have kayaks and will take it while doing that. For the price and warranty, it was hard to find
            a radio that would compare.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I would buy this product again

            By None

            from Warwick, RI

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Signal
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Audio
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating

              Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

              None

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not getting the distance I was told I would get.

              By Joemat

              from Naples Florida

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Poor Reception
              • Short Range

              Best Uses

                Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                No range

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                We have switched all our radios to this model.

                By TYC

                from TYC

                About Me Professional/Guide

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

                  Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                  The Sail Training Program at the Tiverton Yacht Cub has switched all the radios to the 160.
                  If you want to find the best way to trash a vhf radio, give it to a sailing instructor. That goes for the chase boats too.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good cheep, versatile.

                  By JC

                  from Gulf coast

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating

                    Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                    In the 1990s I was a liveaboard sailboat cruiser and my Icom handheld cost over $500 and did no float. This radio is light, more powerful, and more ergonomic. I installed it on a center console fishing boat and it is just right.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I would definitely purchase the product again

                    By Raven

                    from New Smyrna Beach, FL

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Signal
                    • Good Audio
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Boating
                      • Camping
                      • Hiking

                      Comments about West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                      This unit "performed as advertised" I alway worried about the range, but the 6W system has more than enough.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      I had an "out of the box" issue with the power button on the VHF. West Marine replaced it promptly and painlessly.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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