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WEST MARINE VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 15155781Mfg # VHF75

$119.99

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Product Description

The VHF75 is a compact floating marine handheld radio that offers best in class features at an affordable price. This radio is rated to IPX7 submersible standards and features a power boost key for instant six-watt transmissions, glow in the dark seals, large easy to read display, and instant access to Channel 16 or Channel 9. With access to all NOAA weather channels, you can listen to current weather broadcasts for valuable information, alerts and hazard warnings. A battery saving mode helps to preserve battery life while the unit is on standby. Also included are AC and DC charging cables. 

 

  • Material: Polycarbonate chassis
  • Controls: Nine buttons
  • Display Type: Segmented LCD
  • Scanning Modes: Dual and Triple Watch
  • Weather Alert: Yes
  • Transmit Power: 6/2.5/1 Watt
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • Battery Life: Up to 11 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7 and it floats
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof; $49.99 flat rate
 

Specs

VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 11 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Dimensions 2 11/16" Width x 5 9/16" Height x 1 1/2" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Transmit Power 1/2.5/6 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate

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West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (18)

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    (13)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing battery life!

I use this while Kayak fishing, not sure if my unit is possessed or not. I charged it one time and it has been on 7 trips full blast xmitting/rec reports and Coast...Read complete review

I use this while Kayak fishing, not sure if my unit is possessed or not. I charged it one time and it has been on 7 trips full blast xmitting/rec reports and Coast Guard traffic. Has not lost a bar of battery.

I am amazed. Was just buying this as a radio for a fishing tournament. Now it is my go to device if there is any trouble on the water.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not buy this product again

I was told that the transmission distance could be any where from 3 to 6 miles So I bought this product. I was told that the distance is calculated as follows 1 mile distance...Read complete review

I was told that the transmission distance could be any where from 3 to 6 miles So I bought this product. I was told that the distance is calculated as follows 1 mile distance per watt of out put so on a clear day and on a 6 watt transmission I could expect to be able to communicate any where from 3 to 6 miles at best well that would be just fine for my intended purpose of use but only to realize that my ability to communicate on a clear day was only 3/4 of a mile I confirmed the measured by using my on board garmen navigation system that I find to be quite reliable I purchased this product on July 27 then gave it as a gift to my wife I was on vacation from July 27 to August 2. Finally got to use the radio only to be disappointed. I would like to return/exchange the radio for a better /stronger model. Can you help me thank you James Rodgers

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4.0

i would buy this product again

By clem

from melbourne fl

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable Works Well

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    Best Uses

    • back up for boat VHF

    Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

    works well seems durable

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Nice Backup or First for small boat

    By SolarKen

    from OC, CA

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

          This is an easy to operate unit that I can hear well even with not great hearing.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great little radio

          By Reif

          from Fenwick Island, DE

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                Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                I depended for years on my cell phone out in the coastal bays of Delaware and Maryland, until the phone wouldn't stay charged, and I always worried about getting it wet. Decided I needed something more dependable and a direct way to reach coast guard and tow services. This radio proved to be perfect for my 20 ft power boat, and didn't have to be wired in or have a fixed antenna.

                There are a number of features I won't use but they can be ignored. Price was just right!

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                1.0

                I would not buy this product again

                By James

                from Little egg harbor NJ. 08087

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                      Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                      I was told that the transmission distance could be any where from 3 to 6 miles So I bought this product. I was told that the distance is calculated as follows 1 mile distance per watt of out put so on a clear day and on a 6 watt transmission I could expect to be able to communicate any where from 3 to 6 miles at best well that would be just fine for my intended purpose of use but only to realize that my ability to communicate on a clear day was only 3/4 of a mile I confirmed the measured by using my on board garmen navigation system that I find to be quite reliable I purchased this product on July 27 then gave it as a gift to my wife I was on vacation from July 27 to August 2. Finally got to use the radio only to be disappointed. I would like to return/exchange the radio for a better /stronger model. Can you help me thank you James Rodgers

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      4.0

                      good product for the price

                      By works well

                      from Oakdale ny

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                            Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                            Has come in use

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                            4.0

                            Works great so far

                            By 17' Sea Hawk

                            from Mill Creek, WA

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                                  Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                                  For my 17' runabout, it's the perfect solution. It comes with a mounting/charger bracket that I fastened to the aluminum console in my boat, and the 12V DC charger for a power outlet is provided. Also an AC charger is included to recharge this unit from shore power. The charger bracket holds this portable handheld securely upright with a positive click holding it in, yet still lifts out easily.
                                  Only used once so far, for scanning channels and listening to weatherin Puget Sound, which sounded clear. Hopefully will never need it for an emergency situation.. but its great insurance to have on hand for a small craft on inland waters.

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                                  5.0

                                  Simple to use radio

                                  By Bayliner Dave

                                  from Lake Elmo, MN

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                                        Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                                        Just bought this radio a few weeks ago for use on the Mississippi river. Worked flawlessly! I was able to talk with the lock operator which is the reason I purchased it. Great value, hard to beat the price, and quality of build. No need to spend hundreds of dollars when this radio is available!

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                                        4.0

                                        wish the buttons lit up

                                        By Dean talbot

                                        from San Diego, ca

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                                              Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                                              I wish I had paid more attention to the fact that the buttons do not light up. Should have waited a week or two for a sale on the higher model.

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                                              • No
                                               
                                              5.0

                                              I have only used it once seems to work just fine. Nice.

                                              By Hzgray

                                              from Virginia

                                              Verified Buyer

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                                                    Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                                                    I have only used it one time. Seemed to work as discribed. Got for safety reason.

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                                                    • No
                                                     
                                                    4.0

                                                    I would buy this product again

                                                    By Brian

                                                    from Sebastian, FL

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy to set up
                                                    • Easy to use
                                                    • Light Weight

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Limited Range
                                                    • No lanyard strap

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Close to shore
                                                    • In range of other boaters

                                                    Comments about West Marine VHF75 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                                                    I used this radio when I go kayaking offshore. It's a good radio for the price. Limited range but I'm usually using it for talking to the guys in fishing with

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