Though I will rarely lose sight of land and won’t be making any long trips soon, having a VHF radio aboard will give me peace of mind in case I got into trouble or need to get updates on weather. A cell phone is always aboard but those things don’t handle water well and salt water even less. The unit that’s being used for the Pathfinder is a Uniden “Atlantis 250” handheld. It’s waterproof, and has a range of 5 miles with its normal antenna. The reviews show it as a reliable lower cost radio with good reception.
"ATLANTIS-250" HAND HELD VHF RADIO
� All USA/International and Canadian Marine Channels - Covers all USA, International & Canadian marine channels keeping you up-to-date with all the latest marine activity.
� JIS4/CFR46 Waterproof Level
� 1 Watt/5 Watt Switchable
� NiMH and Alkaline Battery Capability
� Instant Channel 16/9/Triple Watch
� Backlit LCD Display
� Backlit Keypad - Offers you added visibility for dialing at
night or in low light.
� All N.O.A.A. Weather Channels with Weather Alert
� Memory Channel Scan
� Optional Speaker/Microphone
� Flexible Rubber Antenna
I'll be attaching a mount to the hull to place the VHF in, then I know where it is at all times.