CB radios are great to have on cruises for keeping together, warnings, general banter, etc.
Having one does make cruises a lot more enjoyable.
The radios that the local stores sell can be cheap, but they are also pretty damn average having terrible range, take AAA batteries that don't last long (=expensive), bad microphones, etc.
So i thought i would show you all what i use and very much recommend...
Its called the Baofeng UV-5R.
Its a very well made, powerful, but cheap Chinese made VHF/UHF radio.
Dealextreme AUD sell them currently for $48 (incl free postage).
They come with a long-lasting rechargeable battery, charger, earpiece, belt clip, etc, etc.
They need to be programmed with the Australian CB frequencies using a USB programming cable and some PC software.
Im happy to do this for anyone that buys one. It only takes a couple of mins.
You can use the CB channels without programming the radio, but you have to be VERY careful (see the warnings below).
The UV5R can be bought here: http://aud.dx.com/product/baofeng-1-5-l ... -961129389
DX also sell a variety of accessories for the radio like larger antennas, car chargers, etc, etc.
If you haven't bought from DX before, they are legit & reliable, but be aware that shipping can take quite some time (3-5 weeks isnt unusual).WARNING:
While these radios can be bought legally in Aus, they are technically illegal to use as they have not been officially tested to meet Australian standards.
These radios are quite common is Aus though, and as far as i know, no one has had any problems with using them on the correct frequencies (ie, CB) .
These radios can be used transmit on frequencies used by the Aus Government, Police, Airports, Businesses, etc.
Doing so is *very* illegal and there are huge fines for doing so and people do get fined quite often.
It is quite easy to accidentally transmit on these frequencies, so you do have to be careful.
Programming the radio with the CB channels/frequencies is a very good idea to help avoid issues.