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Old 08-29-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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Buell Horns

Well I have had horn envy for quite some time. And I didn't think my horn actually was up to USCG spec...it was quite embarrassing actually. I have a friend that has a Buell horn(s) and is also a marine electrician so he installed it. We used a "California Air Tools" AC compressor so that runs off of the inverter if the generator is not running. I have to admit....it is damn pretty....loud as hell...and not cheap!!! I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere!!
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:02 PM   #2
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I fell for these too, optioned checked on our new build!
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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When the original owner of our boat was showing us around, he was very proud of a few things; his 120v AC stereo system, a block and tackle rotting on the after rail of the boat deck (for MOB rescue), and his most favorite, his dual air powered horns.

I have to admit that the horns are kind of fun.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:57 PM   #4
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Funny coincidence. Installed a Kahlenberg horn on the boat during the refit, but just hadn't decided how to supply air to it. Just finished the install this afternoon. Hooked it to a very small scuba tank through a regulator and 12 volt solenoid. Will decide later if I stay that way or add a small air compressor to the boat. Uses very little air and is surprisingly loud!

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Funny coincidence. Installed a Kahlenberg horn on the boat during the refit, but just hadn't decided how to supply air to it. Just finished the install this afternoon. Hooked it to a very small scuba tank through a regulator and 12 volt solenoid. Will decide later if I stay that way or add a small air compressor to the boat. Uses very little air and is surprisingly loud!

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Great, our boat isn't even in the mold yet and I have horn envy...
Kahlenberg is the big time! I believe they are the preferred horns of mega yachts everywhere...
Sigh...
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Greetings,
Mr. BB. "...the preferred hors of mega yachts everywhere..." Wearing our Freudian slip today are we?
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:25 PM   #7
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After a near miss with a fishing boat in thick fog, I installed a radar reflector (in the unlikely chance some body might be looking) and a double Buell air horn. Got it relatively inexpensive from Ebay in great condition. I installed a 1 gallon pressure tank and a 12V compressor in the lazarette and ran the air line up to the pilot house. Activated the air solenoid via the regular horn press. To deal better with the fog situation, I installed an automatic timer to sound a long blast every 2 minutes. So now , if we can not see each other, they sure as heck will hear me!!! Did not need an inverter, just ran off 12V house battery.
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Well I have had horn envy for quite some time. And I didn't think my horn actually was up to USCG spec...it was quite embarrassing actually. I have a friend that has a Buell horn(s) and is also a marine electrician so he installed it. We used a "California Air Tools" AC compressor so that runs off of the inverter if the generator is not running. I have to admit....it is damn pretty....loud as hell...and not cheap!!! I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere!!
Hummmm....What is the usual response on this forum? Oh yes: "If there's no picture (video with sound), it didn't happen"!!
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:37 PM   #9
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Greetings,
Mr. BB. "...the preferred hors of mega yachts everywhere..." Wearing our Freudian slip today are we?
I think I intended to type the word "horns"...
Not sure what excuse I have...
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P.s. I still had access to the edit button...all fixed now!
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:54 PM   #10
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Hummmm....What is the usual response on this forum? Oh yes: "If there's no picture (video with sound), it didn't happen"!!
There's a picture and you can even hear what it sounds like.

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Dual air horns rock! They are "rich" in sound. My Kahlenberg D-1 is loud enough to be heard! They're no pip-squeaks. Just ask my dock mates when I'm entering/leaving the marina when the breakwater obscures visibility.



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Old 08-29-2016, 06:46 PM   #12
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Last year I was out in the fog when my bass horn failed on my cheap electric horn. I sounded like the roadrunner (beep-beep) when my foghorn sounded! Two weeks later some horns fell in my lap here on TF when I read the Classifieds. I picked up Twistedtree's cast off Kahlenberg K-380s when he upgraded his N60 right after commissioning. The dual horns came complete with the tank, 12V compressor, solenoid and all the plumbing.

They have proven to be a welcome and popular addition to the boat. Even one of the Coasties docked behind me gave them a cheer when I briefly tested them in my slip after installation. Connected to my Fogmate foghorn timer, they provide great signalling in the pea soup we often get here in the SF Bay/CA Delta. Good horns can be entertaining, but they're also important safety equipment. It's a win-win!!

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Old 08-29-2016, 06:52 PM   #13
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They're no pip-squeaks.
I'll attest to that! When Mark 'toots his own horn', it sounds like a tanker is rounding the bend. Then The Coot shows up and blasts his cannon! It's a real Coot Toot and Shoot!!

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Old 08-29-2016, 07:18 PM   #14
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There's a picture and you can even hear what it sounds like.

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Dual trumpet Kahlenberg's here. Only problem is when I sound them the drawbridge in the next town opens.
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Thanks Ted, just scared the crap out of my dogs.
Here, try this; see if it helps.

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Dual air horns rock! They are "rich" in sound. My Kahlenberg D-1 is loud enough to be heard! They're no pip-squeaks. Just ask my dock mates when I'm entering/leaving the marina when the breakwater obscures visibility.
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Model D-2 Chimetone Air Horn | Kahlenberg


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I didn't mess around with those sissy horns. Got me a Fiamm Hi-Note Macho!

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Those K-bergs sound just fine!!! But I gotta admit, the Buells are deeper and I like the noise a little better!
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