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Where to keep the bell?

Since many of us are required either by the USCG or state laws to keep a bell on board, I am curious as to where most skippers keep it. Mine was in a locker and had a good case of green pox when I dug it out. It would be beautiful cleaned up and polished, but where to mount it? If below it could not fulfill its intended purpose of sounding warnings in fog, etc. Does anyone have the bell mounted somewhere in the cockpit? Would seem kind of out of place with all the white plastic in my center cockpit Beneteau.

My guess is that most folks just keep it in a locker and pull it out only to show the Coasties in the event of a boarding. But I would like to hear from others.
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I recently got a bell for my boat, since it is required by state law. However, unlike most boaters, I think I'll actually mount the one I got for the boat, since it is rather nice looking and can actually serve a function. It is designed to slip into a mounting bracket and I'm planning on ordering a second bracket, so the bell can either be mounted in the cockpit, or in the cabin, depending on where I want it.
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Duel mounting brackets is the way to go. But you don't want it hung over your bunk.
Note: Traditionly it is the cook's job to polish the bell. But then again you may have a mutiney on your hands and gruel for morning, noon and night.
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Duel mounting brackets is the way to go. But you don't want it hung over your bunk.
Note: Traditionly it is the cook's job to polish the bell. But then again you may have a mutiney on your hands and gruel for morning, noon and night.
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Same here- not required in Canada, but we got the boat in the US and it came with the bell, on a bracket below, with an extra bracket in the cockpit to relocate it when needed.

It's a nice looking accessory when kept polished, and we actually used it one foggy day last winter.
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I'll echo the above comments: I received my bell as a gift. I've got two mounting brackets, one in the cabin and one in the cockpit.
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Just remember to take the clapper out when you hang it below decks.
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Where do you get the mounting bracket ?
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Take the clapper out?? How will you know when to reef the sails if you don't hit bell ringing seas??
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Where do you get the mounting bracket ?
Try eBay. So far I haven't found a retailer that will sell just the bracket.
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