Ok good reply, it's nice to get in a discussion ( as opposed to if you don't agree with my choice then your a w.....r) so here goes.
Double redundancy? I am not advocating three radios just two A portable and a fixed set would fit within the parameters of my suggestion, but not within the original suggestion made by yourself which I queried.
You indicated that one should buy the very best one can afford. I interpretted that as meaning buy the best model you can afford. Even if you were to buy Icoms then as radios is there any difference in the build quality between a 421 or a 601. do they use inferior Robots to assemble the cheaper machines? Do the transmitters put out more or less power? I suspect not, but I stand to be corrected.
However if you can only buy 1 Radio then make it a fixed DSC and no I am not suggesting Silva products!
Your comments re uncompromising performance make sense and that certainly is the perception that Icom have managed to create.
Can you think of any other companies that have that reputation Raymarine certainly springs to mind
Originally Posted by hard1
I'm afraid I'm one of those that prefer all my kit to be as best as I can afford, especially safety gear. Another interesting example is the outboard motor performance/reliability syndrome. Most seem to want the power and performance whereas I would gladly sacrifice top speed for reliability and would be prepared to pay more for it.
As for reliability in the Atlantic/vs Solent, I don't believe anyone knowingly asks for a lesser degree of reliability/performance just because it is going to be used inshore. I expect most, like me, want the very best for the least!!
As a matter of interest, for portable use, which model do you prefer over the Icom?
It was difficult for me to prcis this section of your post so I'll address the points you have raised.
Couldn't agre more with the first sentence but am a little confused by the rest of the paragraph I see you own an Optimax which fits into the first part of your engine statement and not the second! ( Bear in mind nobody loves Opti's more than me)
Or are you on your way to a different engine
Let me expand my comments about the Solent/Atlantic. I see you operate a charter boat out of the Western Solent (which would be say from Calshot to das niedles). about 8 nautical miles.
Within that stretch you have at your disposal the rescue services of:
Calshot RNLI Lifeboat
Cowes Inshore Rescue
Venture Rescue ? from Bewley
Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat
Hamble rescue (if they got there Skates on)
Let me know if I have missed any
On top of that it is densely populated with leisure traffic and is an incredibly busy commercial shipping area. So your radio signal will be picked and relayed by any number of VHF sets if neccasary. Also it is fully covered with mobile phone networks. So you just migt be able to get away with a slightly lesser model of VHF
This area is populated with a large number of commercial Bouyage and a vertable cornucopia of racing marks and plenty of Landmarks. So you don't need the ultimate GPS Chart plotter to get a position fix if you are in the doo doo and trying to be rescued.
Compare this with Peterhead harbour trwo bouys and a big rock Then the North sea all the way to Norway. Now I am looking for the better eKwipment
portable Radios it is true I do own an Icom portable but when it fails it will be replaced with an Entec or Standard Horizon which I think are excellent waterproof VHF's