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Old 12-31-2018, 11:08 PM   #21
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headset comms for helm to foredeck

Cruising Solutions sells these which are behind the head.

https://www.cruisingsolutions.com/co.../my-team-talks

We've used these for several years and wish we knew of them sooner.

Hearing aids not an issue.

Have worn them for most of a day and were comfortable.

We drive from the bridge and they work all over the boat, even in the engine room while mate on bridge. Great for safety as 1 of us moves about the boat while underway, the other can communicate. Cuts down duplicate trips up & down galley to bridge.

Strongly recommend them.
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:29 AM   #22
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We use a pair of Sena SPH10 on Play d'eau. Well made and so good to use - at first.

BUT, after one season they refuse to hold a reasonable charge. 5 minutes just isn't enough. So for us they are a nightmare.

I've tried and tried to find info on the batteries but with zero results. SENA refuses to divulge this info, won't sell them to you, and keep saying they are impossible to change. I'm then told I'm the only one with this battery life problem. Really?

Hence, we're throwing them away.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:10 AM   #23
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Sorry if absurd; but I've always thought we'd use walkie-talkies with handsfree earbuds and mics. Sure is a lot cheaper and can't beat the range -voice activated too.
Am I missing something?

We gave that a try for a while. Good family radios, but the VOX-activated mics suffered from a built-in delay when you first start speaking... so we had to adopt the habit of conversations like "One Two Three Four Blah Blah Blah..."

Where the numbers were fillers so the recipient would know when the real conversation started.

It worked but it was seriously distracting, especially in circumstances where the next instruction needed to be fast.

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Old 01-01-2019, 11:29 AM   #24
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We Purchased the SPH10 Units rom a Harley dealer about 5 years ago, best thing we ever purchased, keeps everything calm when docking and anchoring, my wife can calmly tell me what's going on and I can let her know what I am thinking, no wind issues, and the ones we bought are designed for use with a hat, or helmet, Also called the Marriage savers
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:29 PM   #25
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After trial and error of several brands We purchased the Senas 2 years ago and absolutely love them.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:38 PM   #26
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For those that like to save a buck and enjoy mcgyvering, reviews on many of the under $100/pair motorcycle sets are good.
BTS2 is one, some say a Sena killer
Would be a simple task to fit them to a $10 set of earmuffs and essentially have the same result with enough coin leftover for several bottles of a nice, isle Islay whiskey.

Sena s10 are over $500 in Oz

https://m.banggood.com/1000m-Motorcy...saAtVhEALw_wcB
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Eartech works!

We lived aboard for 6 years here in Seattle on 60' DeFever, and tried cheap walkie talkies that were ok on ski slopes, but worthless on a boat, expensive Motorola VOX walkie talkies that barely functioned with big Detroit diesel noise aft, then last Spring finally ponied up for Eartech Ultralights from Amazon. These arrived quickly, work perfectly, filter out engine noise, no problem with my hearing aids, and easily mute by flipping up the mike boom whenever one of us wanted to talk to a guest or dockhand. Must make sure to turn off between docking events (easiest to simply take out batteries to be sure) or dead headset battery after anchoring overnight in Andrews Bay.


Sadly, my wife of 38 years was killed in August by a drunk driver as she walked our two small dogs near our marina. A dock neighbor recently used the Eartech while helping me go get my fuel tanks filled for winter heating, and the crystal clear communication made each docking really easy and impressed him too.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:47 PM   #28
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Simi, Uniden`s UH507SX-2NB radios come in a pair with Vox headsets for around $100, but the headsets are crap,as was Uniden support when I sought replacements. I found aftermarket replacement headsets for under $30 delivered (yes, Ebay). The actual radios are excellent, incl. the battery performance
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We lived aboard for 6 years here in Seattle on 60' DeFever, and tried cheap walkie talkies that were ok on ski slopes, but worthless on a boat, expensive Motorola VOX walkie talkies that barely functioned with big Detroit diesel noise aft, then last Spring finally ponied up for Eartech Ultralights from Amazon. These arrived quickly, work perfectly, filter out engine noise, no problem with my hearing aids, and easily mute by flipping up the mike boom whenever one of us wanted to talk to a guest or dockhand. Must make sure to turn off between docking events (easiest to simply take out batteries to be sure) or dead headset battery after anchoring overnight in Andrews Bay.


Sadly, my wife of 38 years was killed in August by a drunk driver as she walked our two small dogs near our marina. A dock neighbor recently used the Eartech while helping me go get my fuel tanks filled for winter heating, and the crystal clear communication made each docking really easy and impressed him too.
Very sorry for your loss.
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