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WEST MARINE VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 14078562Mfg # VHF160

Reg. $159.99

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$139.99

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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, plus glow-in-the-dark power key and seals, 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.

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

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (35)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Good audio (34)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Rugged (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (34)
  • Emergencies (24)
  • Camping (6)
  • Families (5)
  • Hiking (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (33), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (36)

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

 

Dissapointed at the limited "reach" of the signal on unit

The staff at the store did not explain the limited reach of this radio at the time I purchased it. Only communicated that issue after I returned to the store to question them on...Read complete review

The staff at the store did not explain the limited reach of this radio at the time I purchased it. Only communicated that issue after I returned to the store to question them on the issue.

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4.0

I would buy this product again

By Mike

from Coventry R.I.

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Drains Battery

Best Uses

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

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

Works great, nice to know I have a back up if main radio fails.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

VHF 160

By Hector

from Miami

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Emergencies

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

    Very happy with tis product feel very secure out on the water when i have it............

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Coolest thang ever

    By Jim

    from Stuart,fla

    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:

      Best

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      5 Star

      By Rich H

      from Maryland

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Emergencies

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

        Meets expectations

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        4.0

        Nice for the price

        By boatguy

        from St. Louis

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Charging requires cradle

        Best Uses

        • Boating

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

        Nice radio

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Can't be any happier the guys at west marine did a great job

        By Jeff

        from Bayshore

        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
          • Ski Slopes

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

          Very happy with it and good customer service

          Service and delivery comments:

          Good

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          great little HT (Handie-Talkie)

          By frankc

          from Sturgeon Bay, WI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • more "steps" on volume

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Emergencies

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

          This is a nice HT, very easy to use and with more than enough features for most any boater. No dials to mess up settings by accident, took a little getting used to but all OK after awhile. Having a few more "steps" on the volume would be nice but as-is it's adequate.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          Works great

          By Boater

          from St Paul Mn.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Radio won't fall off clip. You have turn radio upside down to release.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              4.0

              VHF160 Works As Advertised

              By Brad

              from Columbus

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Emergencies

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

                The radio works well and has a loud speaker and great NOAA weather reception. I purchased it when the fixed-mount radio on my boat gave out. My only complaint is that the bimini/canopy on my boat significantly curtails range/reception, so I usually give it to my wife to operate from the deck when we are docking and need good contact with the marina/dockhands.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Very handy item

                By Fstopf4

                from Michigan

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • 12 Volt charging equip in
                • Clear Signal
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

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

                  Tried it out this week end,, performed as well as the fixed mount radio and a lot handier in the cockpit

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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