Been a bit of a month for me, bought a boat, split up with the wife then had a heart attack. All good fun! I've had to give up my work (wasn't doing to well anyway
) as a Photographer and take things a little easier. I've had a heart condition for a long time so it wasn't a total shock when it happened, but still a bit of a fecking downer. Now living with my parents on there princess 38 on the water.
Why I hear you ask is he telling all this? Well I need a bit of general advice about a few things. I have implanted inside me a Cardiac defib. It's only the size of a zippo lighter but can restart my heart with out much trouble (only trouble is they battery has to be replaced every couple of years). Any one interested can have a read of this ICD
Now things like speakers, car engines etc can mess my ICD up, even turn it off. So I've been looking into what I can and can't go near. First off is I mustn't let my chest come within 2 inches of the outboard. The makers of the ICD tell me Radar is ok (and it'll the one thing I'll never put on my RIB
), Mobile phones and VHF radios must be used on the right hand side of my body/head as the ICD is implanted on the left handside.
So this leads me to my first question. The Icom 71 hand held I have is a great peice of kit but I find it hard to use clipped on the right hand side of me. Can anyone recommend a headset for one of these that doeesn't cost the earth?
You maybe thinking I'm stupid for even thinking about doing some winter cruising but I've got my mind set on it
For cold weather what would be better incase I get dunked? A drysuit or immersion suit? And if so what type/make of suit would you recommend. funnily enough I worked for northern diver in the factory when I was a teenager, wonder if I could still get staff discount
I've got more questions but I think this post is long enough for now. Thanks for letting me tap into your experience.