October 2007 Issue
Can You Hear Me Now? Mariner 500 Communication Aid
Static-prone Mariner 500 an affordable communication aid.
One of the many challenging aspects of on-board life is exchanging information between the helmsperson and the crew at the other end of the boat. While anchoring or docking, for instance, wind and engine noise can present formidable hurdles. Thatís why many resort to hand signals to be more effective in these tasks. But an even more effective approach exists. Voice communication aided by wireless headsets is not new technology, but itís a fitting solution to the problem. In the last Americaís Cup in Valencia, Spain, wireless headsets were du rigueur for bowmen, headsail trimmers, and tacticians. But PS considers those high-tech gadgets cost-prohibitive (from $600 to $1,000 each), which is why we were pleased to discover Cruising Solutionsí Mariner 500 headset (www.cruisingsolutions.com) ($60).
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