Originally Posted by wavelength
its all a matter of personal choice and personal risk assesment.
Other factors inslude will a non boating helmet foul the lifejacket if it inflates and push your head forward compromising the airway? And is the helmet heavy to possibly cause neck injury? All that is a matter of personal choice and risk evaluation so I would never say yes wear that or this - thats your choice. What i would say is that I use my non boating helmet, to keep my head warm and to carry the visor, and have been using fast small boats for more years than I care to remember all over the world-and I am still in one piece! (oo-er thats tempting fate isnt it!)
Exactly - personal risk assessment, based on experience and gathered facts.
Gecko helmets are a different proposition - very little inherant weight in themselves, and the new inflatable interior versions are brilliant. They originate more from the canoe / swiftwater rescue arena than the Neptune type helmets used for comms - and of course, the heavier the helmet the greater the verterbaeic compression on the neck especially in rough water.
No, "bucketing" isn't an urban myth - but has been quoted as the reason that the RNLI and others moved away from the Neptune comms helmet, when in fact neck strain over prolonged use periods is far higher up the risk list. Technology moves on - lighter comms systems have allowed the old Neptune to be pased by - we still use some on the main boat, but then you don't get much shock loading on the deck of a salvage tug! (unless it's a bad day on the Abeille Flandre of course.....)