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Old 19-10-2016, 08:20   #16
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Do you think there's an advantage to the added elevation? If not, why not mount them somewhere on the deck? There are good sets made of plastic that could last for years (12V).
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

More off topic?
When I was in high school I had small Fiat 124 sports car.
It came with 12V air horns installed (hidden) in the engine compartment.

Needless to say, I caused more than a few friends to jump when I let them hear them at the local hang out parking lots after a football game.

Small things (air horns) can create LOUD noise!
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On a SAIL boat, I think SMALL air horns would be sufficient and mounting them below the spreader would be good position so you don't deafen your crew. That said, any location on deck behind any crew will NOT be appreciated by that crew, so place them carefully.

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And don't forget to have a manual unit aboard too, in case your electrics fail.
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Old 19-10-2016, 09:00   #19
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Why Not Go Air ?
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Hand held is my preference. If you must mount a set, below the radar I suppose, just be sure to put the switch at the helm.
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Our ketch-rigged sailboat had a small air compressor and air horn installed when we bought it. The horns (2 of them) are mounted underneath the radar mount on the mizzen mast and there's a hose that runs from the compressor, up the mast and to the horns. A button near the engine instrument panels activates the horn. The compressor itself is very small, about the size of can of peas and is made by Maserati (it even has the trident logo on it). I've never had a problem with it and it's plenty loud. I was on watch the morning I sighted land after sailing from Hawaii to Alaska and I held my thumb down on the horn button for so long I tripped the circuit breaker but my family, sleeping down below, didn't think it was very funny.

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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Isn't that a Perry design????

I suggest contacting him for the preferred mounting method. Do report back with Bob's thoughts.
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I suggest put them on the spreaders. Up high, away from waves, spray, etc, and crew ears. Should give good sound travel too.
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Beware putting them anywhere lines will foul on them.
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I put my horns on theoutside cabin .Dodger covers the base of them have relay inside with pump righr next to main panel.
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

Made a bracket for the mizzen mast that mounts the radar dome,speaker for intercom and fog signal,LED flood light and a Trumpet horn that is loud enough
to wake up a sleeping Humpback Whale
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

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Hand held is my preference. If you must mount a set, below the radar I suppose, just be sure to put the switch at the helm.
I agree to stick with the hand held air horn. Doesn't really matter where you mount one, it's going to tangle and seize sheet lines, if not cause injury biting you.

I've been wresting with the same idea except for mounting a strong spot light. However, I haven't for reasons mentioned above.
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Re: Mounting horns on a sailboat?

I put mine under the radar on the mast. It hooks up to the VHF so can send out automatically blasts in fog - really handy. No way I'd be able to do a blast every two minutes on a hand held.
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