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Old 03-16-2013, 09:44 PM   #21
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On my boat the bell is known as the "Fun Alarm". When someone rings it we are having fun, when it starts to ring on it's own we are really having fun.
I like the "Ring in Jest" line, I may have to adopt that.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #22
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Upper left in the photo. Strictly cosmetic, though my grandson loves to fool with it when he's aboard.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:08 PM   #23
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We have the original one that came with the old girl. Mounted near the aft deck. Love it!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:51 AM   #24
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We have a bronze bell (on the boat when we bought it) which is mounted right outside the main cabin door where it is easily reachable from the helm. Our hailer/intercom has a loud electronic bell that can be broadcast from the PA horn under the flying bridge overhang.

We have never had occasion to use either one.

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #25
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A ship's bell has for many generations been thought of as the soul of the ship. With that thought in mind, as we were in the process of buying Beachcomber my dad died. He'd been a skipper of many boats over many years and it saddened both of us that he would never be able to take a trip on our boat.

We bought a bell and had it engraved with the boat's name and an additional line...."In memory of Edward F. Sullivan". It's mounted near the entrance to the salon and we ring it frequently, just to make sure dad's on board before we head out. Here are a couple of pics of the bell before we mounted it on the boat.





It may not be required by the USCG, but it's a required piece of equipment on Beachcomber.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #26
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Ours is original to the boat and is mounted on the radar arch and still dawns the manufacturer's name "SENATOR" on it. We use it to measure the size of the wakes that come our direction. A "3 Bonger" is the biggest single boat wake. Head seas also ring it quite often, but only one ring at a time.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #27
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A ship's bell has for many generations been thought of as the soul of the ship. With that thought in mind, as we were in the process of buying Beachcomber my dad died. He'd been a skipper of many boats over many years and it saddened both of us that he would never be able to take a trip on our boat.

We bought a bell and had it engraved with the boat's name and an additional line...."In memory of Edward F. Sullivan". It's mounted near the entrance to the salon and we ring it frequently, just to make sure dad's on board before we head out. Here are a couple of pics of the bell before we mounted it on the boat.





It may not be required by the USCG, but it's a required piece of equipment on Beachcomber.
That's the best reason I've ever heard for mounting and ringing a bell. I like it.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #28
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I keep a ship's bell mounted at all times...it tells me when someone is reaching into the ice chest!

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Maybe that's why I passed out on your boat and woke up with a headache!

"I can't remember who's on the flybridge, but his face rings a bell."
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:38 AM   #29
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Do you have a ship s bell mounted ? is the jewelry or important accessory ?

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Tortuga's bell is mounted in the salon. PO told us that if its rough enough for the bell to ring, it's too rough for the crew and better head for shelter. So far it rang once on a blustery day at the mouth of the Fraser; he was spot on!

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:37 PM   #30
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Mine is more ceremonial than anything else. My bell was dedicated to my dad after he died Feb. 2011. I splashed the boat that summer. He so much wanted to ride on my Sea Ray. So I flew my mom to the PNW to dedicate a small bell engraved with my dad's name and birth and death day. I always ring it 3 times while leaving port to honor my hero.

I also framed this pic and it is on my boat. This was one of the last pictures taken of him before he died.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #31
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Aw, such great stories!

There is a bell on our boat, mounted on the starboard side of the flybridge where I suppose one could reach it from the lower helm by opening the door and reaching an arm up, and from the upper helm by leaning over the side a bit. I have rung it a few times for no reason whatsoever. It is a pretty nice bell. We are too small to have to have a bell.

I also have a bell in the saloon that was given to me as a gift from Coyote Point Yacht Club for being the commodore in '09. Maybe we need to start a tradition that you have to ring the bell when you get ice out of the ice maker, since they are next to each other. Make a party out of it.
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We have a nice bronze bell with a monkey fist on the clanger given to us by our boating friends upon our marriage 22 years ago. It has a sentimental inscription on it but its such a frig to keep it polished that we don't bother anymore, so it now has a nice "patina" but one can't see the inscription. We have it mounted in the cockpit on the bulkhead between the door and the flybridge ladder. Never ring it, but it looks salty
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:54 PM   #33
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Maybe we need to start a tradition that you have to ring the bell when you get ice out of the ice maker, since they are next to each other
Geez, on our boat the bell would be ringing continuously from 4pm yardarm time til whenever dinner was. Maybe there's an iPhone bell ringing app for that so we don't wear ourselves out manually ringing the thing.
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Geez, on our boat the bell would be ringing continuously from 4pm yardarm time til whenever dinner was. Maybe there's an iPhone bell ringing app for that so we don't wear ourselves out manually ringing the thing.
Geez how big is your ice maker.
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Like Guru, we keep our bell mounted on the mast within easy reach from the fly bridge. It's huge, WAAAY oversize for the boat...probably at least 400mm across the bottom. Never used it in fog, but it looks salty as hell, and I derive a perverse pleasure from ringing it to mark the passage of time as in the old sailing days. Kinda fun to watch other folks in an anchorage shift their cocktail conversation from idle chit chat to asking "what in the devil does 7 bells mean?" Still crazy after all these years.
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Geez, on our boat the bell would be ringing continuously from 4pm yardarm time til whenever dinner was.
Man, how things change. 4 pm, huh? I had to remove the bell on our boat because of a constant rolling of the boat that I covered on another thread.
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Man, how things change. 4 pm, huh?
Yup. Getting older. 3pm is too early for me now.
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Geez how big is your ice maker.
Don't have one. Buy cubes in 10lb bags.
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Buy cubes in 10lb bags.
Wow! Down to 10 lb bags, huh?
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Yup. Getting older. 3pm is too early for me now.
I'm not biting on this one.
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