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Old 09-13-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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bridge comms between crew

What is best comms between crew from the bridge? I am wanting a wireless headset but can only find a walkie talkie with corded headset. Really was looking for wireless. Does anyone have suggestions? Wanting to stay below $150 price.
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I've heard best recommendations for Comstar/Eartec duplex units. No first-hand experience, though. They're on my list, but in the meantime, hand signals usually work fine.

We occasionally use a pair of Motorola simplex family radios, with voice-activated mics. They work, sorta. Usually there's a time delay before voice actually activates a mic... so the first three syllables are at risk.

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We yell and wave our hands. It seems to work but I suppose for larger boats it might not. I would be afraid the wireless headsets would end up in the water.
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OBTW - It cost about $300. I didn't read all the OP.
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Simple hand gestures and no yelling.

One of the easiest things to do is number your lines bow to stern 1-4. 1 being the bow line, 4 being the stern, 2 & 3 are your springs. That way using simple hand signals you can tell each other what line you want on/off or what line is on/off. If your using lines on both sides you just point to the right or left and hold up the corresponding number of fingers to indicate the correct line. Same goes for anchoring. Use prearranged hand gestures.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:50 AM   #7
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Nothing beats our headphone radios. Cant give the brand because they are on the boat. AM I believe and simplex. I wish they were duplex.
Do not get voice activated because wind will keep on on all the time.

When docking and something changes from the original plan they are great. I also feel more comfortable in being able to communicate when either one of us in out of sight.
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We have a 44 footer and don't have problem getting out or in but underway with me on the bridge and wife below where it is too noisy to hear me yell.
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read up on this unit, it has two way loud hailer and intercoms.
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I have no doubt that my wife and marina neighbors would not look kindly on me calling crew instructions over my PA system. The intercom feature only works when crew is stationed at each radio. We use that sometimes when communicating between helms, but it's no help when crew is attending lines.

This is double your budget, but I found this set on Craigslist.
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I have no doubt that my wife and marina neighbors would not look kindly on me calling crew instructions over my PA system. The intercom feature only works when crew is stationed at each radio. We use that sometimes when communicating between helms, but it's no help when crew is attending lines.
This unit has talk back through the speaker, no intercom needed.
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Eartec works for us about 6 years experience. There is on occasion a lot of static somewhat annoying.
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This unit has talk back through the speaker, no intercom needed.
And how does your crew/wife hear you when she's on the bow side deck tending the lines? Through the PA/loudhailer speaker?
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Try using your cell phones with earbuds and mic.
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We got a set of duplex headsets called "marriage savers". They work well, especially in adverse conditions and/or docking in a strange location. No miscommunications, yelling, confusion etc. the only negative is they don't hold to your head well. I suggested sheet rock svrews, but that was not well received. Also, only ~$60.
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We got a set of duplex headsets called "marriage savers". They work well, especially in adverse conditions and/or docking in a strange location. No miscommunications, yelling, confusion etc. the only negative is they don't hold to your head well. I suggested sheet rock svrews, but that was not well received. Also, only ~$60.
Great idea. Here's a link.

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Try Earl Tec, they have some great options. May be a little more expensive than $150.00 but well worth the cost and they are good quality. They are a voice activated system, which is important when using during docking monuvers.
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Ah, those Marriage Savers used to be a $19.95/pair toy - Amazon even had them.

They are OK, not great - and the little antenna is a pain inside the boat (some fold it down under headband. Wife wouldn't wear them because, well, the styling. We how have the EarTecs with the odd fitting over the ear headsets. Better, still not perfect.
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And how does your crew/wife hear you when she's on the bow side deck tending the lines? Through the PA/loudhailer speaker?
yes, and she can talk back to through the loudhailer speaker. Watch Deadliest Catch, that's how they do it.
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On the bigger boats we mostly use Standard or Icom compact VHFs with the optional corded mic/speakers. You clip on the radio to your hip and run the mic cord up your back out of the way and clip the mic/speaker to your shoulder near your ear on your shirt collar.

Some boats use the Eartecs.
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