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Old 13-12-2017, 14:09   #1
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Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

I'm looking for a 2 headset kit to start but expandable. The idea is to allow relaxed communication around the boat when in the marina or anchoring etc...

Looking for noise cancelling one ear type there are a few around but do they last in salt air etc.

Hopefully one I can buy in Australia in the next couple of days.
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Re: Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

Hi Dave
These are the best ones I have used and and I have tried a few.:


SENA SPH10 Bluetooth Headset - Ideal for outdoor pursuits


They are NOT cheap


There is a one ear version as well I think.


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Re: Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

Thanks, and not far.
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Re: Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

Dave,

I'll second the SENA SPH10 headsets. We have tried several and these are the ones for many reasons...

And with bluetooth they are excellent for cell phone conversations, even music.

If you are interested in more details, here is a brief blog post...

Best wishes deciding what is ideal for you.

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Re: Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

whyever doesn't anybody make unobtrusive sets like this mobile-phone set:
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Referee headsets work perfectly and much cheaper than Sena. PLus only one ear covered so can still hear what else is going on
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Communicati...eree+bluetooth
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whyever doesn't anybody make unobtrusive sets like this mobile-phone set:
Possibly because of wind interference, possibly because they're not always all that stable during various movements that are common on boats and especially while docking. I've used mine, but mostly I can get away with it on our enclosed bridge; it's not so great out in the wind or on the foredeck leaning way over to deal with lines.


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Referee headsets work perfectly and much cheaper than Sena. PLus only one ear covered so can still hear what else is going on
The SENA advantage is said to be about not needing a belt-pack and the wiring from ear to belt.

FWIW, we just got a pair of SENAs, and they're comfortable. The wind screen should help (as it does with my wireless headmic when we're doing music). Haven't turned them on yet, though.

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Possibly because of wind interference...
The SENA advantage is said to be about not needing a belt-pack and the wiring from ear to belt.
I have the referee sets. I wear them with the wire run down inside by shirt to a holder that I made (on my 3D printer) that clips onto the belt. (I would post a photo but it seems that Photobucket is not allowed now)

Much less cumbersome than the Sena that I have seen. Wind noise is not an issue. They are designed to work on motorbikes so a bit of wind at the foredeck is not an issue.

We sail in the med and they have proved invaluable when anchoring stern-to the quay when there are only two of us. Also very useful when communicating from the top of the mast.
So don't knock them 'till you have tried them
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Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

I bought a very expensive set before we left, they work fine, but we find we donít use them.
Wind is a real issue, plus we donít remember to get them out and put them on.
We have learned to rely on hand signals, and find we donít need the headsets.
Whatever you buy, make sure they are full duplex. You want a set that is hands free like a telephone, not a push to talk like a radio.
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So don't knock them 'till you have tried them

Wasn't meant as a criticism, just passing on a comment I'd read.

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Whatever you buy, make sure they are full duplex. You want a set that is hands free like a telephone, not a push to talk like a radio.
I think that's a good point. We tried our Family Radios with VOX headsets for a while, but a) the VOX version is not instantaneous ON (time lag of about 3 seconds before transmit), and b) they're only simplex, so only one party at a time can be yakking. Not horrible, adaptable, but not great.

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Re: Help me choose headsets for on boat communication

Thanks all

I bought the Sena SPH10, they assure me the issue with the breaking strap is fixed.

I like the 900m range for coming into uncharted bays etc. too. One person in the tender the other following on the boat.

They seem to be just want I was after.
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