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Old 11-30-2003
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Cell phones and salt water...

Don''t mix. I''ve had two cell phones destroyed by salt water from spray while underway and using the phone. Anyone have solutions for protecting the phone?

I could simply return to the good old days when I didn''t take a cell phone on board, but the darn things are handy to have in an emergency and for late night calls with my wife when I''m out on a cruise by myself.

Or I could put it in a ziplock bag and use it only in the cabin. But it would be nice if there was a phone or a phone holster that protected the recharging strips and other exposed electrical contacts from any water exposure.

What do others do?

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Cell phones and salt water...

Set your phone to vibrate, flash and ring on its most obnoxious settings. Hook up a charger and a hands-free mic/earbud attachment to it and extend the antenna to its fullest or use a remote antenna. Put the phone in a clear, heavy-duty zip-lock bag with a small handful of uncooked rice as a desiccant. Zip it shut and use a piece of tape to tightly lock the corner where the antenna and cables come out. Find a place below, out of harms way where you can reach and see the phone to work a call, as high as possible for best reception and in proximity to a charging outlet. A nice and cheep little folding can holder perhaps with some silly nautical motif can be hung up just for the purpose of holding the phone package and the mic/earbud attachment is the only thing that needs to be out in the elements.
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Cell phones and salt water...

Cell phones are attracted to salt water. They will jump out of your hands to get to the brine. Salt water also tries to get to cell phones. Rogue waves and spray will manage to soak phone leaving you dry.

West Marine (and other retailers) sells a waterproof phone case that allows you to use the phone while keeping it dry...It will still jump out of your hands and into the water though.
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Cell phones and salt water...

While walking my tender ashore in thigh deep water, I was horrified to realise that my Siemens SL45 was in the lower pocket of my shorts and totally submerged. That was 12 months ago and it is still working fine.
And by the way, I do have one of those waterproof phone cases. It was in my gear bag...Ray
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