Originally Posted by smurphny
+1 on the VHF signaling function. I have an ICOM unit with that function and a horn that I can quickly clamp just outside the companionway. It can be used as a loudspeaker as well. Cannot find a good spot to permanently mount a horn where it will not potentially snag lines.
The masthead, of course....NOW HEAR THIS!
Regarding 5 blasts, you all bring up good points. They made me think about a incident on my boat where I had a fairly experienced guest at the helm. I wasn't paying attention and he violated another boats Starboard tack rights. I first knew something had happened when the boats crossed and the other crew was yelling obscenities (after bearing off to avoid us). Defensively, I flipped them off
, thinking surely my Helmsman couldn't have done anything wrong! Only to find out he had a brain freeze and didn't bother to ask for help. Two fine examples of the male ego gone awry within minutes!
In any event, had the other boat sounded 5 blasts, we could have avoided the whole situation. I understand all the blame rests squarely on my shoulders.
Just saying the incident (and a potential collision, had my guy or the other crew panicked) could have been avoided had I been alerted earlier by the other crew.