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Old 08-29-2016, 08:15 PM   #21
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I didn't mess around with those sissy horns. Got me a Fiamm Hi-Note Macho!

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I've actually seen Larry's new horn, and.....well.....this is embarrassing.

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Old 08-29-2016, 08:43 PM   #22
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When we got our boat, it had a wimpy electric horn that would not get the attention of the ducks on our swim platform. I could not justify Ted's Kahlenberg horns so I bought a pair of Grover 1700 horns (designed for truckers), and a ViAir compressor. They will not make the bridge tender spill his coffee like Ted's but they are plenty loud enough to be noticed.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:47 PM   #23
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Now Henry.....I just can't get that Ken Fickett produced such a masculine vessel and put such a sissy horn on it.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:14 PM   #24
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I had a pair of air horns on Retreat when I bought her. not bad, but nothing like friends with REAL air horns.
Then I bought a 38ft Motorhome. On our first freeway trip, I was cut off by a dimwit who needed a blast from some REAL airhorns so I hit them, FIAMM trumpets, a matched pair, sounded real nice! However, Real Nice wasn't what I needed, so I replaced those with a pair of Western Star Truck horns. Well, the first one said Western Star on it, the second one said HADLEY. Better! Now, what to do with the Fiamms? Retreat now wears those. Only trouble is the compressor that happily drove the original air horns wont drive them. So, I tried a Harbour Freight pair, the little red plastic horns like the set I put in the console of my dinghy, took the compressor off, fed it to one of the Fiamms, no joy, so I now have a functional pair of high pitched, very loud, little red air horns under the flybridge, and another HF compressor, this one from a triple horn set, feeding one of the Fiamms. Not satisfactory. The next iteration will be a tank and a bigger 12v compressor just haven't sorted it all out yet.
For now I have lots of noise, just not quite the noise I want.
And, so far, not too $pendy.
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I had a pair of air horns on Retreat when I bought her. not bad, but nothing like friends with REAL air horns.
Then I bought a 38ft Motorhome. On our first freeway trip, I was cut off by a dimwit who needed a blast from some REAL airhorns so I hit them, FIAMM trumpets, a matched pair, sounded real nice! However, Real Nice wasn't what I needed, so I replaced those with a pair of Western Star Truck horns. Well, the first one said Western Star on it, the second one said HADLEY. Better! Now, what to do with the Fiamms? Retreat now wears those. Only trouble is the compressor that happily drove the original air horns wont drive them. So, I tried a Harbour Freight pair, the little red plastic horns like the set I put in the console of my dinghy, took the compressor off, fed it to one of the Fiamms, no joy, so I now have a functional pair of high pitched, very loud, little red air horns under the flybridge, and another HF compressor, this one from a triple horn set, feeding one of the Fiamms. Not satisfactory. The next iteration will be a tank and a bigger 12v compressor just haven't sorted it all out yet.
For now I have lots of noise, just not quite the noise I want.
And, so far, not too $pendy.
I'm telling you. If you have an inverter, get the California Air Tools compressor. It is an AC compressor. And the beauty is you can drive air tools or anything that requires air. You could even use it as a dive compressor. It was $180. I don't know if you consider that cheap but it works very well and is very quiet.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:23 AM   #26
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An old propane tank works great as an accumulator tank.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:04 AM   #27
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An old propane tank works great as an accumulator tank.
The 1 pounder or 20 pounder???
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:43 AM   #28
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The Buells sound like an ocean liner!! Very manly!!
In my earlier post I indicated a 1-gallon tank. It was actually a 3-gallon tank.
A bit more difficult to position on the boat - mine was in lazarette - but provides enough reserve air pressure that your horn does not begin to wimper when you need 5 long blasts!! You can get a 3-gallon 150psi tank on Ebay for about $50.
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My '76 had builder installed tri-horn Buells (with all Buell accumulator, solenoid valve, and compressor) that were inoperative. Discovered that the compressor was shot. After looking at the cost of factory replacement/rebuild, bought a 12v 4wd compressor ($100) and a Granger solenoid valve (not much). Used the Buell tank (good), had to buy a couple of parts/gaskets from Buell. For something like $200, put the horns back in business. Sounds like a 150k DWT ship.
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The Buells sound like an ocean liner!! Very manly!!
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:53 AM   #31
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We have a 12 volt compressor with a Kahlenberg whistle. The electric AFI horns on the boat were not working when we bought it. We considered air horns since we already had the compressor and tank, but ultimately decided to go with electric since the wirinig was already in place, it would provide a second means of sound if the compressor wasn't working, and becuase they are instant sound (no need to wait for the comressor to build pressure if it is off when we need the horn, like at anchor). We installed Ongaro horns to replace the AFI and have been very happy. Very loud and a great sound (very similar to air). The Ongaro trumpets are stainless, so should last much longer than the AFI. Plus, the have the exact same mounting holes so it was an easy replacement. We love the whistle but use it more for fun than for serious signaling. Kids love it.
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Sooner or later, if this thread keeps running, someone will post the regulations and the appropriate pitch for horns on certain sized boats.


In the meantime, I went from a small high pitched 12v air horn to a dual trumpet electric (which has turned out to be an unreliable PITA) and I am considering moving on again, this time to a dual trumpet air horn. It's got to be 12 volt though, I'm not running an inverter to run a compressor to blow a horn.


I can't remember the brand off hand but someone has one for a couple hundred dollars. What I don't understand though, is why these are not stainless steel instead of chrome plated brass.


BTW: Reading the above post, the ones I am having trouble with are the "best" Ongaro trumpets.
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?.. I am considering moving on again, this time to a dual trumpet air horn. It's got to be 12 volt though, I'm not running an inverter to run a compressor to blow a horn.


I can't remember the brand off hand but someone has one for a couple hundred dollars. What I don't understand though, is why these are not stainless steel instead of chrome plated brass....
9 years ago we installed 12 volt air, duel horn. No problems and it does everything that I need. $200 at the time.

Marinco-AFI, Dual Trumpet Air Horn, Chrome Plated Solid Brass, 12v or 24v Volt
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Old 08-30-2016, 02:43 PM   #35
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Carolena - I have been looking for a whistle like the harbor tugs communicate with.
WesK - I got our 12v compressor from AirHornsofTexas - it draws 15-20amps when pumping up the tank from empty but otherwise does not use much to keep the tank ready. I seldom turn the compressor off.
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Carolena - I have been looking for a whistle like the harbor tugs communicate with.
That is pretty much what ours sounds like, but note quite as loud. When we lived up north I had a good friend who was a captain on the harbor tugs and went out with him several times. I always enjoyed the way they communicated with the pilot via whistles. The pilot would make a request over the radio and the tug would respond by whistle.

Keep in mind that they use a ton of air volume, much more than the horns, so you will need a good sized tank. If we were building the boat today, I'm not sure I would have spent the money on it, but we do enjoy having it. Every time we pass friends on the water they shout over asking for us to blow the whistle. One way to keep costs down would be to get the whistle from Kahlenberg and order a compressor/tank from somewhere else.
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A couple of the trucks up here put on train horns.
They sure get your attention when they pull the valve!!!

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Old 08-30-2016, 05:51 PM   #38
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Really like the Kahlenberg #116 whistle tone. Thought long and hard about adding one to Slow Hand when I bought the fog horn. Maybe some day.

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Old 08-31-2016, 09:27 AM   #39
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There's a picture and you can even hear what it sounds like.

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This is more like it...

Model KDT-123 Chimetone Air Horn | Kahlenberg

Or this one...

http://www.kahlenberg.com/products/m...sical-air-horn

sounds like what Rodney Dangerfield had on his yacht in Caddy Shack...
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This is more like it...

Model KDT-123 Chimetone Air Horn | Kahlenberg

Or this one...

Model 02M Musical Air Horn | Kahlenberg

sounds like what Rodney Dangerfield had on his yacht in Caddy Shack...
Yeah buddy....take a few of the higher pitched ones out and that would be close to my horn. I was on the boat yesterday and meant to get a sound clip but forgot!!!...
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