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Old 16-03-2009, 18:14   #16
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while I can live without the horn...

...it's the lack of a brake pedal that really bothers me.
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Old 16-03-2009, 18:18   #17
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Sailboats like powerboats are required to sound a horn during times of low visibility.
I have considered adding a horn to my ships radio that will automatically sound either signal ( long blast, or one long and two short ) when in fog. But it's low on the list right now. I have three sounding devices, the cannister type, the air " green type" and an battery operated handheld (9v)
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The first boat I ever went sailing on carried a bugle.

I didn't know how to sail, but I can play a trumpet, so I was made dedicated ship's bugler.

We navigated three drawbridges and it was plenty loud for the operators to hear the signal every time.
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Old 16-03-2009, 19:05   #20
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This is from the Coast Guard regs -

Every vessel less than 39.4 ft (12 meters) in length must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or larger in length must carry a whistle and a bell. The whistle must be audible for 1/2 nautical mile. The mouth of the bell must be at least 7.87 inches (200mm) in diameter
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Old 16-03-2009, 19:07   #21
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My first reaction when I read this question was:
Maybe they just have more faithful wives!

The question is about the sailboats with no horns, not sailors with no horns… heh

Just wanted you to know that someone got your joke…
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I've gone to the small hand held air horn with a trumpet back-up, after I got tired of replacing fixed electric or air horns.
If I put a horn forward, when I sailed hard, it took tons of spray and sometimes hard water, dead within weeks. When I really needed a horn it failed.....
The lifespan was short if I located it midships; it tripped crew, it was always catching the sheets and was snarled, tangled or ripped off it's mount regularly.
I tried mounting one toward the stern.... lasted 2 toots.....forgot that I never want to be that close, down range from an air horn.....

My horns are rarely used, they are just for fog, emergences or to warn off a PWC.

When PWC'S get to close and become obnoxious, I'll toot , wave them over and let them know the next time they buzz me, they will become target practice.
The leave rather quickly......

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Every vessel less than 39.4 ft (12 meters) in length must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or larger in length must carry a whistle and a bell. The whistle must be audible for 1/2 nautical mile. The mouth of the bell must be at least 7.87 inches (200mm) in diameter
It has changed in the last few years. Inland rules still requires a bell for vessels > 12 meters, International rules require a bell > 20 meters.

From:
Rule 32 & 33: Definitions and Equipment for Sound Signals

Rule 33
(a) A vessel of 12 meters or more in length shall be provided with a whistle and a bell [INLD], a vessel of 20 meters or more in length shall be provided with a bell in addition to a whistle [Intl], and a vessel of 100 meters or more in length shall, in addition be provided with a gong, the tone and sound of which cannot be confused with that of the bell. The whistle, bell and gong shall comply with the specifications in Annex III to these Regulations. The bell or gong or both may be replaced by other equipment having the same respective sound characteristics, provided that manual sounding of the prescribed signals shall always be possible.
(b) A vessel of less than 12 meters in length shall not be obliged to carry the sound signaling appliances prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule but if she does not, she shall be provided with some other means of making an efficient signal.
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AARG this is why sailors get into trouble.
All vessels must carry a horn with 1/2 mile range.
USCG requires boats over 39.4 ft. to have a specific size bell.
Local regs like CT may require a bell of unspecified size for smaller boats.
Many boats fail the vesel safety check on this one.
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