Originally Posted by daveh
I have had reports of a Silva DSC sending out a DSC alert by itself aswell as numerous reports of failure through water ingress
That's pretty scary... The distress button (and associated circuitry) is the one thing I would have thought would be massively over-engineered to prevent any possibility of this!
Thanks to everyone who has replied - it seems to be the only safe thing to do is not get the radio wet in the 1st place (not very practical on a RIB)! Seems they all have their issues (even the ICOM has a section in the faultfinding part of the manual on emptying water from the speaker if it gets wet).
Still not sure on my decision on what to get tho, although it appears a backup handheld as part of std safety kit is nearly a must!