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Old 05-05-2015, 07:14 PM   #41
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We use the the intercom feature on the SH VHF radio.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:36 PM   #42
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I normally just send the butler down with a message.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:46 PM   #43
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I normally just send the butler down with a message.

Best answer yet! Calling Mr. French!
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:23 PM   #44
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I normally just send the butler down with a message.

We had to ring Australia for it but least we finally found one civilized boater.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:34 PM   #45
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Oliver throws a deck shoe at the first person he sees to get their attention. He has plenty of deck shoes. Picks 'em up at boat shows at a deep discount.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:42 PM   #46
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Oliver throws a deck shoe at the first person he sees to get their attention. He has plenty of deck shoes. Picks 'em up at boat shows at a deep discount.

Actually, I put Otto on the wheel and I go get them myself (whilst wearing my deck shoes)...
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:43 PM   #47
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:18 PM   #48
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Actually, I put Otto on the wheel and I go get them myself (whilst wearing my deck shoes)...
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You have a blow up doll that is male? Er, do I want to know more?
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:28 PM   #49
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You have a blow up doll that is male? Er, do I want to know more?

LOL!!! Ever seen the movie airplane? If not, then that explains why you don't get it.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:56 PM   #50
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Good one Oliver.
Here is a photo of my bridge. Note the speaking tube for communicating with those below.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:24 AM   #51
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So, no one sends the dog with a message clenched in its teeth, or a pigeon with a message taped to its leg?
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:48 AM   #52
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:02 AM   #53
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:37 AM   #54
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Throttling back to idle, even momentarily, means "get in touch with the helmsman right away" on our boat. It can be in person or via phone intercom. It's immediate and works if one of us is in the noisy engine room where our intercom is basically useless.
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When the old hailer/intercom that came with the boat burned up (literally) we replaced it with a Standard Horizon LH5. This was back in 2000 or thereabouts and the LH5 has since been superceded by better systems. The current SH unit is the 3000.

But a hailer/intercom is a useful device. The value of the intercom is obvious but the hailer can be useful, too. We've only used the actual hailer aspect a couple of times to talk to another boat. But it has several horn and bell functions, one of which is a timed foghorn signal. Our boat has very loud air horns that are manually controlled. If it's foggy we boat in the fog and sometimes we can get pretty busy in and around the narrow passes we go through, particularly the ones used by the ferries.

The hailer's "horn" is not all that loud, but we use it as a timer. When the hailer horn goes off we push the button for the air horns. Saves us from having to keep track of the horn timing.

Also the intercom, which uses the horn/speaker on the underside of the flying bridge lip as one of the intercom stations, is a helpful means of listening for other boat horns. Inside the boat it's pretty noisy with two engines under the floor.
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BTW, I have an ad in the wanted section on this very subject.

Looking for the old standard horizon CHS03 intercom telephone handset for the LH5 hailer. Going old school on my Californian 42'

PM me if you have one to get rid of.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:25 PM   #57
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Old 05-06-2015, 04:42 PM   #58
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... The hailer's "horn" is not all that loud, but we use it as a timer. When the hailer horn goes off we push the button for the air horns. Saves us from having to keep track of the horn timing. ...
That could be confusing. Other boaters might think there are two boats or that you're not moving.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:25 PM   #59
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While running this weekend I am on the fly bridge and others in cabin. How do get there attention when needed? Bell, Radio, Etc.

Quite a bit of wizardry going on in this thread. My solution:

Set the Autopilot and go below to get my own beer...
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That could be confusing. Other boaters might think there are two boats or that you're not moving.
Given that most power boaters can't hear horns anyway when they're inside their boats unless they're being blown right next to them, the whole horn thing seems pretty academic except for the ferries and commercial ships which have really big horns you can hear for miles. But when we're in fog, we never hear other boat's horns unless we go outside on deck, or, in our case, turn up our intercom from the hailer horn. Two engines hammering away under the floor do a pretty effective job of covering up most external sounds except the big ship horns when the ships are relatively close to us.

So I doubt anyone would even hear our hailer beep, although they might hear our big air horns. All we care about, assuming anyone hears horns at all in their boat, is that they hear something coming from where we are. Nobody mistakes a two-tone horn for two boats, so I doubt anyone is going to be confused by a three-tone horn.

Frankly if nobody blew horns in the fog I don't think it would make a lick of difference to us. We have a good radar and we're real good at getting the most out of it, plus there is VTS for those times when we are crossing shipping lanes and stuff. We blow our horn only to be in compliance with the Colregs. We are well aware that probably nobody outside of a sailboat crew will ever hear them.
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