Its a nice radio with digital features but it's just a handheld. The firmware to run them is much easier to use regardless of the touch screen. I have the FT1D and had the VX-7 and the FT1d is a lot easier to use.
You should have some cool opportunities to work the cubesats from the ship. If the boat has wifi there is a cool sat app that uses gps and wifi to assist with tracking.
With a pigtail will work an all bands. You could use a powerpole...
but they are not as rugged and don't have SSB receive.
with ham radios you get the regional comms and so much more not not that much money.
I think it's important for people to realize that these radios are severely limited and only have one purpose. IMHO I wouldn't waste money on a single...