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WEST MARINE VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 14078562Mfg # VHF160

$159.99

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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
Battery Type Lithium-ion
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 1/2.5/6 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate

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West Marine VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (22)
  • Good audio (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Rugged (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating / sailing (22)
    • Emergencies (16)
    • Camping (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (20), Avid adventurer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (22)

    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 25 customers

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    4.0

    Great value. I definitely recommend this product.

    By No Cure

    from Newmarket, NH

    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:

      This is a great product for the money. It has all the features that I need for big lake sailing, and additional features that make this a very good value.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great MarineHandheld

      By Bruce Bitt

      from Charlestown, MD

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • None That I Found

        Best Uses

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

          The VHF160 is packed with outstanding features including emergency strobe (more fluff but is a true emergency it could help) 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. All I found easy to use.

          I found it also easy to use clear and loud audio relatively rugged and floats. Although haven't dropped in water yet, but looking totally waterproof. 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.

          A Great buy

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          All I expected

          By Skipper

          from Lake Michigan,St Joseph,MI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Signal
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating

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

            Use as a backup to VHF and in cockpit during races

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Radio Looks Good

            By Smooth Old Fisherman

            from Thunder Bay Ontario Canada

            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:

              Too early to really review as have to wait for Spring boating. Have tried it out on weather channel and comes in loud and clear. So far, I feel it will be excellent for summer use while fishing and boating. Like the idea of having weather channel at home as well as on boat.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good radio for price point . . . .

              By whalerconquest21

              from Shark River, NJ

              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:

                Double 'A' aux battery tray has poor fit to radio body and can readily disconnect from radio if bumped on bottom of unit . . .

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice unit

                By Cruzin D

                from Denville, NJ

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Stiff Controls

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Emergencies
                • Hiking
                • Wx

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

                Casual boating, weather updates. Only negative (very minor) so far is contols seem stiff though may loosen with use. Nice to have included a AA capable battery holder though limits unit to 2.5 watt. Great buy if it holds up. Have not tested water proof ability.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Actually arrived before credit card was billed.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Top Quality

                By Great Lakes Fisherman

                from Erie, PA

                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:

                  I needed a radio for a smaller boat and didn't want the hassle of installing an antenna. This is a great radio for the money. Plenty of accessories included.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great value!

                  By Klozhald

                  from Mesa AZ

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Bought this radio to serve as primary communications with the race comittee and safety boat on an offshore regatta. Sailing a catamaran in the pacific offshore is a wet situation, and we need to check in with the race committee at the start and the safety boat each hour on the water. Race is 5 hours around an island and oil derricks. Radio performed well= no leaks=loud and clear and had no transmission or reception problems. Will buy another so that each person will have a radio on person in overboard situation. Essential safety gear.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Not sorry I bought this radio

                      By Fast Newell

                      from Layton, Utah

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Signal
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Audio
                      • Lightweight
                      • Read The Manual
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Unit A Little Boxy

                      Best Uses

                      • Boating
                      • Camping
                      • Emergencies
                      • Instand Weather Report

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

                      As a sailor I can go ashore and keep in touch with those on the boat. I like the flotation aspect, though I haven't never dropped a handheld overboard, I have dropped everything else.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Handheld VHF great replacement

                      By Gordy

                      from Niceville, FL

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • All These Attributes Plus
                      • Clear Signal
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Audio
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • No Complaints From Me

                      Best Uses

                      • Boating

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

                      I use as backup VHF radio for primary permanent installed radio. Being portable it is useful outside the cockpit while performing other duties as securing lines, anchoring, docking, and dingy operations.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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