Originally Posted by paperbird
Sorry for the slight drift.
we tried headsets and we both hated them - too much emotion. Went back to hand signals. Here's what we use:
Hand pointing up - idle forward
Hand pointing up and going in circles - add a little throttle in forward
Hand sticking out to side - neutral
Hand point down - reverse
hand pointing down and going in circles - add a little throttle in reverse
Hand pointing 45 deg either way - steer that way (picking up a mooring, hoisting the anchor, etc)
Would love others' suggestions for improvement.
Oops, that is not good, emotions should not get out of line when performing small tasks or large ones, but that is definitely a topic for another place. It seems to look like you have all the signals you need...I did notice you are missing one I used to get from my girlfriend when we were together on the boat...
Hand up with palm facing toward body, middle finger extended, all others curled into a fist.... I think that meant something like "if you don't like the way I am doing it, do it yourself, I am going to lay out on the cockpit cushions and drink iced tea".