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WEST MARINEVHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

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

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VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio

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West MarineVHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (21)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Rugged (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating / sailing (21)
    • Emergencies (16)
    • Camping (4)
    • Hiking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (18), Avid adventurer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20)

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    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 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
       
      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 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
         
        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 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
         
        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 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
           
          5.0

          Great value!

          By Klozhald

          from Mesa AZ

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about 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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As advertised

              By Dean

              from Sault ste Marie

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Camping
                • Hiking

                Comments about VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                Lots of features for the price. Power conservation is excellent.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 2 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 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

                (3 of 3 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 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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A great VHF handheld at a great price

                By Tug Iron Chief

                from Detroit, Michigan

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating
                  • Emergencies

                  Comments about VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                  Works great, easy to use

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Product...Good Price

                  By RCD

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating
                    • Emergencies

                    Comments about VHF160 Floating 6W Handheld VHF Radio:

                    My first unit had to be returned as defective. Seems the battery may have been bad. The replacement works great.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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