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Old 05-01-2010, 10:18   #1
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Sound Signal Placement

I'm having difficulty choosing a location to mount a horn. On my stinkpot, this was easy, but I seem to be less decisive when it comes to drilling holes on my sailboat.

I hate the thought of drilling holes through the deck, and introducing yet another possible leak. Aesthetically speaking, it seems difficult to keep them discreet as well.

I don't want to rely on just an air-powered "pep rally" horn either. This is for a 25' boat. Any ideas?
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:24   #2
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I knew someone with a C25 that mounted a hailer/horn speaker on the mast. It turned out to be not as good an idea as he thought it would be.

Sailboats don't need those pretty stainless horns on them.
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I wouldn't mount a horn on my sailboat. Are you looking for a horn for distress and fog issues?
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Mine PA speaker is mounted on the mast. I attached it to the bottom of the radar bracket. I'm happy with it.
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Mine PA speaker is mounted on the mast. I attached it to the bottom of the radar bracket. I'm happy with it.
What do you use it for?
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Yes, for distress and fog signals.
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It's a listen back PA intregal to the VHF. The radio has all sorts of alarms programed into it. Like Fog, Run Argound, Out of Beer....

But I play with the listen back feature and believe I can talk to and hear any crew that I might have on the beach. Havn't been in a position to try that yet. But I did annoy a crewman who went forward to have a smoke. That was worth it.
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I would keep things as simple as possible. Bell or airhorn or something non electrical.
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It's a listen back PA intregal to the VHF. The radio has all sorts of alarms programed into it. Like Fog, Run Argound, Out of Beer....

But I play with the listen back feature and believe I can talk to and hear any crew that I might have on the beach. Havn't been in a position to try that yet. But I did annoy a crewman who went forward to have a smoke. That was worth it.
Do you ever use it to yell at jetskiis!!?
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Not to be one of THOSE types of people, but they are called whistle signals, not horn signals. Horns are found in orchestras and on cows. The device that makes the sound signal is called the whistle. Its sort of like calling a fender a "bumper" or calling your lines "rope". Yeah I know the nautical language evolves, but I thought I would just make a mention in case you ever run across one of those uptight nautical language sticklers...a little like me.

For small sailboats an airhorn (The H-word again) makes the most sense...just warn the crew before you leave them partially deaf for the rest of the day. Or larger sailboats, something partially up the mast seems to make the most sense.
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I would keep things as simple as possible. Bell or airhorn or something non electrical.
I plan on having redundancy. Electrical, air, and a small bell. Just trying to figure out where (or if) to mount an electrical whistle.
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You may want to carry a handheld airhorn as a backup.
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