We have both a stationary, stationary VHF and a hand-held VHF radio. Obviously when we travel outside the boat, or we are in the cock-pit at night, in traffic or sailing, we keep the VHF hand-held with us. For this we recommend buying at an outdoor store 4 of 5 plastic, one-foot waterproof (clear only) tubes for things that you put in your dinghy or kayak to take on day trips!
Stationary VHF. ICOM M502 bought in August 2003 in Marina del Rey.
Waterproof pack for dinghys and kayaking for electronics. Fits camera, VHF and other electronic items!
Folds up with a clip. Get clear, otherwise you can't see what is inside. You can leave your stuff in it and hang it on a hook in your boat for taking out later on another trip!