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Old 03 April 2017, 11:02   #11
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Not Bad fella cheers ! ... is it only Gecko that make a marine helmet with communication system built in ? (although I know its removeable) wouldnt a third party system not fit well inside the helmet ?


Sorry don't know the market that well to answer you but I would think someone will. I know that Jeff Stevens research the helmet thing last year and bought a different make.
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Old 03 April 2017, 12:40   #12
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Hi. I have a Scala rider system that worked very well on my bike, wireless bike to bike or pillion, plus FM radio. All with box and instructions.
. No longer have a bike and do not need them on my boats.
PM if interested and I'll think on a price.
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Well I can tell you about the motor bike helmet stuff cos I'm just done fitting another system this week. You need to decide whether you want to be independent of your passenger or wired to them. If there's more than one crew you need to speak to then the game changes a bit. The simplest and probably the most reliable is wired since you don't need to charge anything as you would if bluetooth. Each of you would need to plug in though to connect your helmet.

I'm a fan of Autocom stuff and a simple 2 person wired system can be put together quite cheaply if you buy secondhand. 200-300 quid if you buy top of the range new. I don't and I've had no failed stuff - ebay is your friend. It's easy to add on a bluetooth adapter which will allow you to speak on your phone and it auto answers for you so no need to stop or mess about to take a call. There is a VOX system built in which you can set so that the noise of the boat and the wind doesn't trigger the system and come through to your helmet. Your music can also be fed in for your pleasure, of course!

It does have a connector for linking to an external radio for transmitting to another bike and this could be set up to transmit through your VHF if you wanted to do that. The system I've installed this week includes a link to a CB radio so I don't see it being any different to that. It is a bit of a faff though getting it all tied together.

I know nothing of the Gecko helmet but in a bike installation the speakers fit into a recess in the helmet lining and the mike is on a boom for an open helmet or wired to the mouth area of a closed helmet. A short tail out of the helmet has a water resistant connector on it to link to the main unit.

Food for thought for you.
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Ok thanx so far guys... I'd be looking for a wireless system so I can communicate with my wing man, so just need two units, part of our time we'd be moving about quite a bit which is the reason for that so wiring would be a total faff ... don't necessarily need an aux input ... mind you ... if he annoyed me .. I could pipe some Englebert into his helmet
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The modern Autocom stuff is bluetooth based but also retains the ability to hard wire if required so you could be mobile and all the previous stuff still applies.

IMO whatever stuff you choose you do need a VOX facility or all the wind noise at the mike, engine noise and sea noise is going to be fed directly to your ears.... man, that'll be loud!
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