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Old 12-11-2021, 07:50 AM   #41
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Ear tech, fresh batteries,lanyard clipped to shirt, pfd, they are delicate so don't abuse, remove battery on slave, keep charged, remove batteries when not using
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Old 12-11-2021, 09:51 AM   #42
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I have a question regarding what do people recommend ti use when you have someone of the foredeck and you as the captain want to communicate with them with a hands free unit?
We love our Sena SPH10's Bluetooth hands free and noise cancelling great range Use them all the time for docking locking and anchoring
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Old 12-11-2021, 10:09 AM   #43
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I went through this same research earlier this year. Several folks in our Marina recommended Sena headsets for two basic reasons: (1) they mount on your head with a band around the back of your neck so that when you are handling lines they do not fly off your head, (2) the clarity of the Bluetooth connection is outstanding. We used them this past summer and were very pleased with their performance. Having read a lot of folks saying use hand signals and certain common commands - forget all that ol' hand stuff and invest is a set of headsets. On our boat when coming into our slip the best driving visibility is from the fly bridge but I have no visibility into where my first mate is and if she is having trouble securing the boat. Bringing a 47' boat into a slip without verbal communications is crazy. This was one of the best safety investments we made to date - well worth the $200 + cost.

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Old 12-11-2021, 01:31 PM   #44
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On board communication while docking

I purchased the Eartec set when I first bought my 42’GB Europa and never turned back. Originally they came out of the sound reinforcement and production industries, and were/are used to communicate between house and monitor consoles, among lighting personnel or whom ever.

I have no problem with their use while doing a function that requires two persons. They even work in my engine room while I am making my hourly checks. They are nicely made and fit most anyone, but I agree it’s a good idea to clip them to your shirt so they don’t fall overboard caused by a sudden movement. But generally speaking they stay on one’s head pretty well.

And you can add another set to an existing one to get a third listener.
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:28 PM   #45
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Deciding between EarTec and Sena.

I like Eartec’s reputation but this “ recommended Sena headsets for two basic reasons: (1) they mount on your head with a band around the back of your neck so that when you are handling lines they do not fly off your head” appeals to me too.

Choice between them? Performance, ease of use, and comfort?
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Old 12-11-2021, 09:31 PM   #46
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We had SENA sp10 and Expand. Made maneuvering and docking simple and changed my wife’s mind about handling the boat (65’). Light, strong,comfy. full-duplex means you can both talk at the same time which is infinitely better than a cell phone. You can pair with a cellphone and then listen to your music and use the phone. Noise canceling and cuts wind noise. My wife kept them charged and they always paired up.

I bought mine online from a motorcycle shop in Colorado.
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Old 12-12-2021, 12:29 AM   #47
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We also have the Eartec, I've never seen the Senna. The Eartecs works seamlessly, the full duplex is a critical factor. However as others say the headsets need to have a lanyard added as they can slip off. It isn't a huge issue but a lighter weight unit would be an improvement.
Prior to the Eartec we tried walkie talkies with headsets but they simply were not reliable. They'd cut off at the worst moment and generally you have to push a transmit button.
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Old 12-12-2021, 01:42 AM   #48
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We have had the Eartecs for 3 years and couldn’t be happier with them. We have had no issue at all or concerns about them falling off. We have a set of 4 and it’s one of the best boat accessory purchases that we have made.
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Old 12-12-2021, 07:35 AM   #49
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Deciding between EarTec and Sena.

I like Eartec’s reputation but this “ recommended Sena headsets for two basic reasons: (1) they mount on your head with a band around the back of your neck so that when you are handling lines they do not fly off your head” appeals to me too.

Choice between them? Performance, ease of use, and comfort?

Probably difficult for many of us to compare... only having used one or the other but not both.

I've read a drawback for the SENAs that we have is about the battery: not user replaceable. Don't know what that will mean in the long run.

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Old 12-12-2021, 08:16 AM   #50
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We had the wired Eartec. Sound quality was very good. Battery life was abysmal, as in we had to make sure they were charged every time we used them. Headset was featherweight. However, if the coax plug popped out slightly, the feedback screech was horrifically painful and we lost communication. The wireless of course wouldn’t have this issue.

Our first set of Sena Expands had ok to not so good sound quality largely due to the mic picking up virtually all background sounds and amplifying them as loud as speech making for huge amounts of static. As bad, the plastic headpiece bands on both broke in several places making them useless. Sena did replace them out of warranty after my wife complained on FB. The replacement itself didn’t go smoothly as I had to work through regular customer service channels explaining over and over that the company VP said on FB they would replace them. After a month of sending them photos of the units, serial numbers, FB screenshots, they then told me I had to mail the old ones back, on the other side of the country. I crammed them into the smallest USPS box that would fit and sent it as cheap as possible. That’s just a rant. They did replace them them two years out of warranty.

The next set have much improved sound quality, battery life is excellent. We make a deliberate effort to gently put them over our ears so as not to break them and after two years, still good. I needed the manual to pair them but once done we just turn them on, check battery level by number of light flashes, push a button and they connect.

Unlike the Eartec, I’ve paired the Sena with my phone and they can also pair with other BT audio devices if one is so inclined. They are lighter than the Eartec wireless and you can readily hear ambient sounds with the open air style. The Sena are firmware upgradable plugged into a laptop but, we’ve never done an update that had any noticeable change.
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Old 12-13-2021, 01:17 AM   #51
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Use eartec.

Took a while to overcome the price objection, but . . .

Stress reduction was amazing. Can communicate is a quiet, calm voice. Both can speak at the same time.

Expensive, but worth it for us, for the comfort and stress reduction.

No regrets.
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I have a question regarding what do people recommend ti use when you have someone of the foredeck and you as the captain want to communicate with them with a hands free unit?
Eartec's are amazing. Clear as a bell. Lots of range. One ear covered for crew communications and one ear uncovered for outside commumications. Love mine!
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Old 12-14-2021, 03:55 PM   #53
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I have a 5 place set of Ear-Tec BT wireless duplex full muffs that I use for our long range rifle team comms. They have been in use for 5 years now and have been flawless. I do have a complete set of duplicate batteries as we cannot afford a failure mid match. The batteries are easily swapped in less than 10 seconds. They last a complete match day from 0830 to 1530 if my mates remember to turn off the headsets between stages. Although they are not water proof they have survived through some raining conditions. The range is impressive....over 150yds! I plan on keeping a set for boat use once I get another boat....hopefully in the next 48mos. I have no hesitation in recommending Ear-Tec BT headsets.
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Old 12-14-2021, 05:00 PM   #54
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Single or double ear?
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Old 12-14-2021, 05:09 PM   #55
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We love our EarTec's - I cannot see our stern corners from the flybridge, and my wife can direct me flawlessly with no yelling - no buttons to push, just talk normally. no problems with batteries, we remove them each night and charge them - it's part of our check-list.
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Single or double ear?

The single ear seems to be the most popular, from what I see. You can hear the radio clearly and still can hear what is going on around you, including someone on the dock that may be helping.



Swing the mic boom up and it turns off the mic, so you don't blow the eardrums of the person on the other headset when you talk loudly to the person on the dock.
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Old 12-14-2021, 07:35 PM   #57
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I have double ear for extra hearing protection needed for the current purpose (we use high dB attenuation foamies inserted deeply under these minimally protective muffs). When the time comes for the boat I will likely purchase some single ear sets so we can hear ambient sounds.
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