Right let me try to answer all of the questions.
Codders....your not wrong
Even whilst at Icom I made no secret that I felt the Standard kit was good and getting better.
With regard to who is best it depends on who has the right radio at the time.
Icom and Yaesu always battle it out for the top spot.
With regards to marine kit just read the review in PBO in December
None of our plotter, at this time are waterproof.
The new CP180/180i is IPX5 (resistant to jets of water from all angles).
IPX7 is waterproof (1m for 30 mins.
I have not tested this unit to see how it will put up with life on a RIB but watch this space.
At this time we have one fixed VHF, two more to be launched at London.
They are on show at METS as we speak.
If you want to compare them to another brand the best way to look at it is that the VM3500 to M603, new GX1500 to M421 and new GX3000 to the M505. we are also launching a new handheld and a new second station mic.
Sorry to hear of the drama you have had.
If I can be of any help please call me or drop me a mail.
Will do my very best to help and sort this for you.
I hope that covers all the points.