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West Marine "VHF 255" Floating Handheld VHF Radio

West Marine "VHF 255" Floating Handheld VHF Radio Hot

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Make & Model

West Marine
VHF 225
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Kayak anglers will love the West Marine "VHF 225" Floating Handheld radio for marine and land communication; with VHF/FRS/GMRS channels, and a rugged die-cast chassis the VHF 225 will survive anything the kayak fisherman can throw at it. With the built-in strobe and the ability to float if dropped overboard, the VHF 225 is once piece of safety gear no kayak anglers should leave home without!


  • Die-cast aluminum chassis
  • Floating
  • Submersible
  • 5 Watt transmit power
  • FRS/GMRS capabilities


  • Battery Life (Approx): 9 hours
  • Weight: 11.29 oz
  • Transmitter: 5/2.5/1 Watt
  • Receiver: Sensitivity: 0.20µV; Rejection: 70dB
  • Size: 2 1/2"W x 4 9/16"H x 1 1/2"D

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Pros & Cons

West Marine VHF255 a Good Value for the Money

I was debating about spending a lot more for GPS and way point capabilities or go with a less expensive unit. I decided since I have a Fish Finder with GPS I would go with the less expensive option. I chose a West marine radio because they support everything they sell.

The radio and accessories came well packaged and with no damage. There is a well laid out easy to follow instruction manual with an included Customer Service number. I charged the unit before attempting to use it. I also tested the unit with the included alkaline back-up pack. I tested the unit functions and programing options.

The VHF channels are labeled and available on screen information includes transmit strength, channel type (Commercial, Coast Guard, etc.), etc.

The Weather Channel and Weather Alert worked perfectly.

The GMRS/FPR channels also worked as expected. I tested out to 1.5 miles with excellent reception and very good transmit strength.

The battery life with reasonable transmit usage was over 11 hours. Two hours greater than advertised.

The unit does float high in the water. The SOS LED feature also worked well. It was bright enough to see 1/4 mile away at night.

All in all I am very satisfied with the unit. It is a very nice handheld VHF radio. Also like that it switches to the weather warning frequencies and to the FRS/GMRS channels very easily.

Additional Features
• Full Dot-Matrix Display
• Dual & Triple Watch
• Strobe Light
• All Marine VHF Channels
• NOAA Emergency / Weather Alert with S.A.M.E.
• Memory Channel Scan
• Up to 9 hour battery life
• Waterproof, Submersible

If you're looking for a reasonably priced unit that offers a lot of features I recommend this radio. PS - I only paid $129.00 for the radio on sale at West Marine. That's a lot of value for the money.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Lots of features for the money, FRS/GMRS capabilities Clear audio
A little large compared to other radios
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