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Hi All,

After our first "real" cruise last week (8 nights on the boat), involving 7 different docking scenarios... I watched as some of the power boats came into port with mom on the bow and dad driving (typical arrangement) but they had small (sometimes large) headsets on. WOW! There's something that might be really usefull. I'm behind the dodger, she's on the bow 27' forward of me, she turns around and I see her lips moving... No clue what she's trying to tell me. We've had the "hand signal talk", the "don't try and idle chat" talk, but something always seems to come up.

Do any of you use handless headset communicators on board?

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yes, we do use headset to communicate. They sure do come handy when wind is blowing and noises, great for docking.I have a 34 ft boat that make it easy for us commincate when she is that far ahead of me.
I have to admit it was money well spend and no mistake taken of hand signal changes. Just make sure you have lots of battery for the device.
I think to me it was more of learning device at first to commincate and wouldn't do without them.
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My wife and I utilized the "marriage savers" for the first time this season. In the past, we got along fine without them, but this year we moved to a slip which was challenging, especially when there was a good blow, because the slip is much larger than needed for our boat. After the first couple of times docking, we tried the "marriage savers". They've made things much easier. I recommend them.

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They were one of the best Christmas presents my husband gave me and consequently gave himself. Before we had them communication between the bow and stern during docking, anchoring, etc was difficult at best, and often created, shall I say, attitude issues. You guys know what they say about when momma's happy...well these made momma happy.

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Do any of you use handless headset communicators on board?

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In my opinion the biggest communication issue is that people are at opposite ends of the boat WAY too early. Stay together in the cockpit discussing things calmly during the approach. On most boats a leisurely stroll forward takes well under 10 seconds.

If you back in you want your extra hand aft anyway ESPECIALLY for bow lines.

Headset communicators are one more thing to drop over the side. *sigh*
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We could fill our boats with useful gadgets, but shortly you and your sailing partner shouldn't need all that much communication when docking.
For us it's a quick pass by an unfamiliar dock, then back out to decide how to set up the lines and fenders for docking. Most often it's going to be back spring, bow and then stern, anyway. After the discussion, there's little to say, really. You put the boat where your partner needs it to be to get the lines on in the order discussed. Perhaps a few fingers raised to indicate the distance of the bow from the dock, if you have an aft cockpit boat, but really there just isn't that much to talk about, once you are committed.
We will rarely give a line to someone ashore, as that is a recipe for disaster. For some strange reason, they will never follow directions and place the line where you wanted.
So, if past experience holds, you'll use the head sets and then they'll sit in a drawer unused and unnecessary, after a bit more experience as a team.

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We will rarely give a line to someone ashore, as that is a recipe for disaster. For some strange reason, they will never follow directions and place the line where you wanted.
You forgot the part where they stand there holding the line, thinking--apparently--they can stop a 25,000 or 40,000 lb boat without taking a couple of turns around a piling or cleat. *sigh*

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Re: Headset Communicators?

We have been using Cruising Solutions' Marriage Savers for the last 10 years and have found them a great addition.



As in the above, on our boat my (much) better half does the "driving" while we're anchoring or mooring up the yacht as it makes no sense to me to have a 105# person attempting to manage lines on a 23,000# boat. The only shortcoming is a spouse that feels compelled to loudly yell "hello's" to friends and acquaintances upon arrivals/departures. If so, one soon learns to keep one's own earphone volume low!

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