The Furuno FM4000 VHF radio is a 25-watt unit with built-in DSC, instant access to channel 16 with a one-touch 16/9 key, dedicated control buttons and a rotary channel selector for easy access to all U.S. and international marine channels. It features a 30-watt hailer, and its waterproof case design allows for installation on a steering console or flybridge. The radio is Bluetooth-capable and can be fitted with an optional remote microphone. MSRP is $695. Furuno USA, Camas, Wash., (360) 834-9300. www.furunousa.com
This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.