A popular gadget aboard cruising boats is what’s been nicknamed Marriage Savers – headsets! To be fair, I think Marriage Savers used to be a brand of headsets made specifically for cruisers, but are no longer sold. We used to have a pair with a clip-on unit that attached to the headset via a cord. Unfortunately, we were never super impressed with them. The most common use is for dropping and retrieving the anchor. Having the unit clipped on to our waistbands meant that with David in the anchor locker and me at the helm, the transmission had to pass through the helm pod, mainsalon, and into the anchor locker. There was often a lot of noise and static. Eventually we stopped using them in leiu of hand signals.
While sailing on Julia, Tom and Susan had new fancy Bluetooth headsets. They worked very well, so we ordered our own pair before we left Hawaii.
The headsets work incredibly well. We use them while docking, anchoring, or going up the mast. We can talk to each other from anywhere on the boat – while I’m at the helm, David can be in the engine room, forward cabin, or anchor locker.
It’s such an improvement!