Marine radios are important for safety. Boats & Charters editors reviewed the best marine radios of 2024. Read on for our editors’ top picks!

Whether offshore fishing or cruising close to home, nothing offers the peace of mind like having a dependable marine radio onboard to communicate distress, keep an eye on the weather, or communicate with other boaters. With so many features and innovative technology, check out our picks to keep onboard your boat this year.

Here are the best marine radios of 2024, reviewed by our editors:

1. Uniden UM385 25 Watt Fixed Mount Marine VHF Radio


Cruise or fish confidently and safely this season with the Uniden UM385 25-watt fixed mount Marine VHF Radio. This compact powerhouse features S.A.M.E weather alert technology, Triple Watch, and has DSC (Digital Selective Calling) capabilities allowing for quick communication and location sharing at the touch of a button to allow you to stay one step ahead of any brewing storms or potential trouble out on the water.

This unit also features multiple international channels so you can stay safe far away from your home shore. The sleek design comes available in two colors and is easy to install anywhere in a nice clutter free package at your helm.  Focus on relaxation and leave everything else to the Uniden UM385.

2. Cobra MR HH350 FLT Handheld Floating VHF Radio


Be prepared with the COBRA MR HH 350 Handheld Floating marine radio and never surprised when it comes to changes on the water. Get 24-hour updates on threatening weather conditions, emergencies, and incoming hazards with built-in NOAA Weather radio channel. The backlit, easy to read display allows you to select between 3 and 6 watts for long and short term range communication, and has USA, Canada, and international channels for when you’re feeling extra adventurous.

This handheld radio offers top notch quality and innovation with a noise canceling microphone for clearer conversations whether communicating to land or sea. The floating design with an orange core makes worrying about losing it going overboard a thing of the past. This is a must-have onboard for any serious mariner.