Originally Posted by Cinlamb
Can we get by safely with hand held radios or do we need to have a fixed mount one and thus probably a new antenna too? We are on Lake Michigan.
Don't know what the situation on Lake Michigan is, but where we boat a radio with a good "reach" is pretty essential. Handhelds won't do that although you can connect them to a tall antenna for at least extending the distance the radio "sees."
So for us we have two fixed-base radios on the boat, one at the lower helm and another at the upper helm even though we never drive from up there. We also have a good waterproof handheld.
The handheld is very useful when I go fishing in the dinghy, for example. I'm not going far, but it can be beneficial to be able to talk to the main boat from time to time. It's also part of our ditch bag that we would take with us if we should ever have to get off the main boat in an emergency.