[QUOTE=ShinyShoe;424973]That was what i was thinking.
I haven't studied the contacts on the Standard H and the Icom's but wondering how likely they are to fail if you never remove the cell?
how do you think I know! buy the Icom give it a few years and you will understand! I can't reall explain it without pictures but I genuinely belive the SH is far better built and more waterproff
There are probably a couple of other considerations about Handheld vs Fixed that I didn't mention.
If you go in the oggin with a hh attached to you can whoever is left on the boat summon help if you are unable to? On the other hand if you go out single handed then having a fixed set on the boat and you are swimming after your boat but unable to get to it your gonna want hh. Same thoughts if the guys you go out with wouldn't know how / be able to be show how to call for help (I know press the red button - 5 seconds).
Ultimately the ideal is both a fixed on the boat and a hh in your pocket but you have to start somewhere
Everybody on your boat should be able to operate the radio and summon help, I believe it is part of SOLAS 'law' to have instructions on sending an SOS, if you don't familiarise your crew with radio operation and then your not doing it right. good safety info is available from the RNLI inc a radio sticker. When you are in trouble (and I hope you never are!) you will be glad to have all teh bases covered.
VHF works on line of sight, make sure you are at the top of the wave when transmitting from your short antenna at 5 watts buy both if you are in trouble in remote conditions then you'll be very grateful for the extra 20 watts a fixed gives you. .
SPR comments about the land shadow of the Isle of May. As I understand it May is about 10km south(ish) of Fifeness. If we assume the mast is 60m high from sea level (thats probably an under estimate as the ground is nearly 25m above MHWS and the mast is tall) May is 45m tall at its highest. In theory that would produce a huge shadow. BUT its not that big and some of the signal will deflect round the island.
I used to love trig at school
by thwe way you can usually start an engine with a Pull cord even if the engine doesn't come with one , if you intend to go out with an iffy battery might be worth having a go try tying a string of Pork Saussages around the flywheel and giving it a pull