The 10 Best VHF Marine Antennas

This review has been updated 15 times since it was first published in December of 2016. If you bought a high-quality radio for your boat, you’re also going to need an equally good VHF marine antenna to make the most of it. These units are more than just pieces of wire — they’re delicate machines. Because choosing the best model depends on a range of factors related to both radio and vessel, be sure to read your owner’s manual and consider both height and gain before you buy. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.
Editor's Choices
Top 10 VHF Marine Antennas

10. Wholesale Tram 1610-HC

  • Includes pl-259 connector
  • Entry-level pricing
  • Rattles around a bit

9. Sirio SB 1S 100 Watt

  • Uhf female connector
  • Unity-gain signal throughput
  • Tops out at 163 megahertz

8. Tram 1620 HC

  • Lightweight fiberglass construction
  • Hardware is stainless steel
  • Mount is a bit flimsy

7. Metz Manta-6

  • Power rating is 250 watts
  • Thoroughly weather-sealed
  • Whip is just under three feet

6. Shakespeare 5101 Centennial

  • Separate swivel mounts available
  • Measures eight feet in length
  • Radio connector not included

5. Air Wave Marine Fiberglass

  • Made in the usa
  • Good signal radiation
  • Internal brass tubing

4. Shakespeare 5215 Classic AIS Squatty Body

  • Aerodynamic profile
  • Vertical-plane polarization
  • Doesn't come with any cable

3. Shakespeare 6225-R Phase III

  • Stands up to heavy winds
  • Stainless steel ferrule
  • Two-year warranty

2. Pacific Aerials P6182

  • For small to medium vessels
  • Classic white color
  • Impressive power for its size

1. Shakespeare Galaxy 5225XT

  • Total gain of six decibels
  • Also available in black
  • Comes with a 15-foot cable

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