Sick of going through Icoms? Get one of these. I find it works really well and often times I have been paddling beside people with ICOM's and I pick up comms that they don't.
I'd recommend spending the extra money and get the DSC. Just in case the s--t really hits the fan! One press and you can expect rescue. Not that I have tested it thankfully.
You may need some training if you have not yet done so to familiarise yourself with DSC and proper radio comms. http://marineparts.ie/standard-horizon-dsc-gps-vhf-radio-6w/