RE: Icom 604 VS Simrad RS86 VHF radio
Ha ha, looks are impotant for sure, but if you read the question you might see that there is also a little note about functionality.*
I assume that the radio functions and reliability are equally good*(customer or product service is non-existent in Asia - so is not really a concern)**but then the looks and functionality become important.*
The Icom is about half the price of the Simrad, but the Simrad is better integrated in the package, for example: place the plotter's cursor over an AIS target, press DSC and that boat is automatically called, the automatic fog horn has more functions, etc.*
I have not been able to find any reviews of the Simrad, probably because this radio is more for the working boats.
There are probably more Icom's out there which is a plus, but I am leaning towards the Simrad because of the better integration and because of the work boat customer base....and it looks better too...