Best have a good antenna to along w/ it....3ft. stainless or 8ft.fiberglass..stainless mounting bracket to boot..mounted all mine myself, separate battery under console, radio is IN console w/ external speaker...also inside console...vb
Icon and Uniden are good. We've also had very good luck with the Lowrance VHF DSC model with scanning feature. Just use the best and highest antenna you can get regardless of VHF brand or model. If you have a T-top, mount an 8 footer up there and you'll definitely be heard.