Skip to cookie disclosure dialog Skip to content Skip to navigation menu

VHF & Communications

Selecting a Fixed-Mount VHF Radio

VHF (Very High Frequency) radios provide two-way communication and have a range of 5–30 miles. They are, arguably, the most important safety item onboard your boat, and are far more reliable than a cell phone, with its limited on-water range and dropped calls. In coastal or inland waters, a VHF radio is gener...

READ MORE...

Selecting a Handheld VHF Radio

Rescuers like Vessel Assist, TowBoat U.S. and the Coast Guard monitor VHF transmissions, so it is easy to call for help in an emergency. Many boating authorities advise carrying both handheld and fixed mount VHFs, which are equally valuable onboard for their unique sets of benefits.

READ MORE...

Enabling Your VHF Radio's Safety Features

It could happen to you. Any boater could face a sudden Mayday situation caused by a fire, collision, capsize, sinking boat or medical emergency. If this happens, it’s good to know that the Coast Guard and other Search and Rescue responders are equipped with Rescue 21 technology.

READ MORE...

Sometimes boating safety is as simple as staying in contact with the boats and rescue services around you. Fixed-mount VHF radios and handheld VHF radios allow you to communicate verbally with other boaters. We carry brands like ICOM and Standard Horizon. Install a Shakespeare VHF antenna with your VHF radio to determine its range. AIS transponders and antennas allow boaters and rescue services to see the location and travel direction of registered boats passively and actively when necessary. Satellite communication devices allow the user to text friends and family or contact rescue services in case of an emergency. Marine satellite and TV antennas are a fun way to take advantage of satellite communication technology. Be sure to select the right antenna mounts and accessory cables and connectors to get your marine communication network up and running. West Marine has everything you need to communicate on the water.

RETURN TO TOP