The new helmets do indeed look good, but only had 6-7 uses out of the old-style ones i got at SBS, so can't think about 'upgrading' myself!
The price for new helmets is also non-negiotiable, whatsoever - the guys can't make them fast enough by all acounts, but the older ones are now nearly 1/2 the price of the new style, and winge enough and you can get a deal off the guy.
The comms the RNLI use, and the only real people to do anything like this (IMHO) are made by DS Developments. 01342 327686, www.dsdevelopments.co.uk
- dunno if they are at LBS, but had a good chat to them @ RIBEX '02 and they quoted just shy of £600 for a two-helmet system (not
incl. helmets). They were offering a 10% discount for show orders. They also wanted nearly £100 to interface into the VHF, but admited it was simple and agreed to sketch the connections when i informed him i was quite handy with a soldering iron.
Hope that helps,
Oh, BTW, diden't go for the comm's system - waiting for a bigger boat i think.