By Ben Ellison
Cobra MR F75 VHF
Boaters, say hello to Cobra, longtime U.S. manufacturer of walkie talkies, radar detectors, and other popular consumer electronics. The company’s debut VHF line starts with a 2-watt water-resistant handheld that retails for an amazing $80, moves up through full-feature submersible handhelds, and ends with this $210 25/1-watt fixed-mount F75 model that sports most DSC functions. One F75 feature is a detachable noise-canceling microphone/speaker; another is an exceptionally large LCD for a radio this size. Cobra is already thinking of expanding its new marine presence with a radar adetector—meant to avoid collisions, not speeding tickets.
Cobra Electronics ( (773) 889-3087. www.cobra.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.