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Old 17-03-2014, 16:25   #31
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Re: Marriage saver headsets

We've tried two different sets. Both were failures including "marriage saver". Seems so easy
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Old 17-03-2014, 20:09   #32
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We love ours. We have never missed a mooring ball pickup.

Hand signals do not work for us because we do not have a great view to the bow from the cockpit, especially when its pouring rain. I suppose that once we get better at anchoring we will need them less, but until then, I am grateful that they have worked so well.
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I singlehand a lot. Guess I'd have to use a mirror to get my hand signals.
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I singlehand a lot. Guess I'd have to use a mirror to get my hand signals.
No one else to blame. That's tough
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Old 17-03-2014, 23:12   #35
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I,m going to look at them. I get tired of yelling to my wife then having to go to the cockpit to find out the problem. Finding it is something I could have easily told her how to fix instead of yelling, walking back, and often getting into an argument about. I can argue by remote control this way.
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Old 17-03-2014, 23:30   #36
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Re: Marriage saver headsets

There's a knack in being able to be heard over the louder sounds which go with sailing.

I've only ever met one person who could send an order 70' and have it arrive sounding like a polite request.

Coincidentally, he was the best skipper you could imagine a human being.

And sad to say, he's no longer around.
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We're in the same camp as Mike O'Reilly in terms of hand signals for anchoring. Our headsets are about 25 yrs. old walkie-talkies from Toys R Us, and cost $18.95. They use 9v. batteries, and we use them for hands-free communication from the deck or below decks when one is at the masthead, wants the power to the tricolor or anchor light turned on and off; we use them whenever Jim goes up the mast, so that we can communicate without shouting.

When someone shouts, it is as if the shout itself makes audio distortion, for me, so that the actual sound destroys the clues as to what the words were. So, the walkie-talkies work well for us. We call them our inter-galactic communicatiors.

Since we have hand signals for anchoring, we never have to use the i-gc in the rain, which would probably ruin them.

For us, they've proved a useful tool, even though they look pretty silly.

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Ann, agree.

I will take the cheap land based vhf radios I have been using farming. Some of them more expensive than toys are us type but have external speaker/mike that can be clipped to a collar. Cheap and reliable. The better ones can be used for coms on land depending on their power.

Two-Way Radios

There are other brands.
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I,m going to look at them. I get tired of yelling to my wife then having to go to the cockpit to find out the problem. Finding it is something I could have easily told her how to fix instead of yelling, walking back, and often getting into an argument about. I can argue by remote control this way.
Perhaps you could look into arguing by SMS?

Then you would at least have an audit trail...
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Ha. Do that now, and not even on the boat yet this year.
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Ann, agree.

I will take the cheap land based vhf radios I have been using farming. Some of them more expensive than toys are us type but have external speaker/mike that can be clipped to a collar. Cheap and reliable. The better ones can be used for coms on land depending on their power.

Two-Way Radios

There are other brands.
Just to nit-pick

They are UHF, not VHF
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My apologies.

They work well.
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Re: Marriage saver headsets

I get Professional Mariner, Journal of the Maritime Industry because of numerous articles on safety issues. There was a advertisement for David Clark wireless headsets, which are expensive, used in aircraft a lot so are good in high noise environment. David Clark Company
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