Frayed VHF

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Mightychan, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. Mightychan

    Mightychan Member

    Oct 8, 2016
    Panama City FL
    2005 DA 420, AB Dink
    Cummins 6CTA
    Attached are two photos of the OEM VHF handset on my 2005 42 Sundancer. As you can see, the cord is frayed badly. I cannot lay my hands on the manuals and I don't see a model number on the handset anywhere. Is the cord replaceable or do I have to replace the whole handset? If full replacement is my only option, does anyone know what model this is? Many thanks! IMG_20201108_152051.jpg PXL_20201123_194115075.jpg
  2. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    Looks pretty shot and you’re not likely to find a replacement handset for a 15 year old radio. Best option is to pick out a while new radio that you like.

    if you want a black box style, Icom M400BB is good as well as the Garmin VHF 315.
  3. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Sent mine back to Raymarine. They fixed it.
  4. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 14, 2010
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    I took mine to a local marine electronics place and they were able to source the cord and replaced it, worked like a champ
  5. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    If the vhf has the DSC function, then see if it can be repaired economically. If it does not, an upgrade would be in order. Besides the automated distress call function, a DSC capable vhf gives you a device to register for a MMSI number. That is necessary if you want to add an AIS transceiver in the future. Oh and a new vhf can also give you AIS receive only! AIS is a huge safety advantage if you boat around commercial traffic, or are subject to low visibility conditions (fog) on a regular basis.
  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I bought my replacement cord thru West Marine
  7. Caseclosed

    Caseclosed Active Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    SW Florida
    2007 44 Sundancer QSC 500 West marine 310 Dingy Raymarine Hybrid touch KVH
    Cummins QSC500 Vdrive
    My cord was repaired by the previous owner.I believe he dipped it in a plastic coating holding up well.
  8. Third Edition

    Third Edition Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2017
    NE Florida
    360 Sundancer 2002
    T-8.1L V-drives
    I took the opportunity to get a new more modern radio!
  9. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB
    It's a Ray230. I replaced my frayed cord years ago but heard it's getting harder to find them now. The cord is starting to go again so I'm replacing it with an Icom M400BB as Brad suggested.
  10. Tomco

    Tomco Active Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Ottawa, Ontario
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge
    GHS Hydraulic Lift
    11' Walker Bay, 30hp
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3M
    It is a Ray230 - we have one too with the same problem. I contacted Raymarine last year about sending it back for a new cord but there were none to be had! I did a comprehensive search but couldn't find any. I want to update the electronics and a radio that connects to N2K is part of that puzzle - will be installing the new Standard Horizon GX2400. It includes the AIS receiver and is more reasonably priced than the black-box models.
  11. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Active Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Rock Hill, SC
    300 Sundancer 1994, trailered tri-axle LoadRite roller
    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin
    I was lucky to have no previous owner electronics and went with a lightly used SH GX5500s with a VH310 remote handset below deck also works as an intercom. And a remote speaker a bull horn on the bow under the spotlight. It has DSC with NEMA-0183 input from GPS.

    This seems to be almost the same functional design as the Ray230.
    Do 420/460s have a cabin handset for intercom? Is the unit currently wired to a working GPS? Currently wired to an external speaker and/or hailer?

    If yes then I can see why wanting to replace the cord is worthwhile even if new units are readily available. You would need to update multiple components and/or wiring.

    How many conductors are in the cable? (how many little wires)
  12. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Active Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Rock Hill, SC
    300 Sundancer 1994, trailered tri-axle LoadRite roller
    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin

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