Originally Posted by Cap'n Russ:1066022
I've found it immensely helpful to use a pair of FRS walkie-talkies for coordination between the helm and the bow during anchoring or picking up a mooring. I took my sister and her family on a week-long bareboat charter using a Beneteau 393 and the radio made talking my sister through setting the anchor, something she had never done before, far more productive and successful. Something that wouldn't have happened if we had had to shout at each other. :-)
I've heard many like this means of communication. When we did our ASA training, our school taught us to have a well thought out system of hand signals for anchoring or picking up a mooring. The benefit here being that one isn't dependent on another 2 electronic pieces functioning properly, and they can sometimes be hard to hear in adverse conditions. But, everyone has their preference and I can certainly understand why some would prefer radios.
I think my main worry for the first time is accidentally misreading a chart and running aground, or getting into heavy weather. I will be the first to admit that at this stage of the game I consider myself a fair weather sailor.