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  1. #1
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    Default Headsets, anybody use them?

    Over the last couple of days we have noticed several boats berthing, where the skipper and crew were wearing headsets for communication while coming in alongside.

    I always prefer the shouting method, but now SWMBA seems to think they are top of our winter wishlist.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Look for referee incomms.

    I have a set I use with SWMBO when I am up the mast.
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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    I bought a pair of Eartec Ultralites for my wife's birthday after a minor domestic from mooring in high winds after a long day. They have transformed our mooring, anchoring, working up the mast and leaving a raft early in the morning when others are sleeping. It makes such a difference to converse easily in a quiet voice. In retrospect I realise how much tension was simply caused by having to raise one's voice to be heard, especially if not heard the first time. In the US they call them 'marriage savers'. I wouldn't go that far but they are some of the best kit we have bought for sailing.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Interesting...

    But what happens when you raise your voice for someone not wearing one, does your partner get deafened?

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    I use Sena - wouldn't like to be without them now and echo Poey's comments above.

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Quote Originally Posted by James_Calvert View Post
    Interesting...

    But what happens when you raise your voice for someone not wearing one, does your partner get deafened?
    Hmm ... that doesn't seem to happen. Partly because we sail as a couple but also because you stay very aware of the equipment and the microphone can be quickly rotated away from the mouth if you want to shout. It's the same as if you are speaking into a mobile phone and want to call out to someone - you naturally move the phone away. (Or most people do ...)

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Yes, find them very useful from time to time (up the mast, and most things to do with the anchor). Just saves shouting.

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Quote Originally Posted by James_Calvert View Post
    Interesting...

    But what happens when you raise your voice for someone not wearing one, does your partner get deafened?
    Has only been an issue a couple of times, once when my wife saw someone she knew a couple of pontoons away and decided to shout a greeting and also when I've sneezed. Its an irritation but nothing damaging. Easy enough to put a hand over the mike as said above.

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Does no one learn semaphore any more?

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    Default Re: Headsets, anybody use them?

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    Does no one learn semaphore any more?
    When I am up the mast I much prefer to use one hand/arm the hang on with.

    Do you know one armed semaphore.
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