Mine has a factory electric horn mounted just in front of the driver side windshield. I carry one of those compressed air can horns as well just in case something happens to the factory horn. I think most, if not all have factory horns on them, not 100% sure on that though.
Forget the siren. My response has to do with your avatar. When I was a young lad, my grand dad had that exact engine model on a 16' planked (and sealed with okum), flat bottom skiff. I loved to go fishing with him. We fished the bays around the Gulf of Mexico. In the mornings, when you went out, all was calm usually, but by afternoon, on the return trip, the wind was usually up pretty good and so were the waves. Luckily we came in with the wind to our backs which made it all possible.
With that heavy of a boat and it's contents the little 10 couldn't plane the boat unless it was on the front of a wave crest and then it would go speeding down the trough and crash into the back of the next wave just to labor to the top and repeat the process. He knew how to catch fish. When we were with him, he would hook them and hand us the rod/reel to land them. Then he would go to the local newspaper office (small town) and put an article in the paper as to how many we (the grand kids) landed. Made our day to see the posting in the paper.
Thanks for the memory.
Last edited by Texasmark; July 24th, 2011, 09:44 AM.
Reason: Additional information
If you are new to boating or have a new boat, a knowledgeable friend could show you how to operate your boat and save you a lot of grief, maybe some money, and maybe your life.
this was the previous owners idea for a horn on my boat..
man, imho, that looked pretty stupid.
this looks better imho. also i didn't have to cut new holes. my boat had a cb antenna, it was located where the horn is now. i just put the horn there instead of the antenna. i used plugs to fill the screw holes in the bow.
none of my boats came with horns, the biggest being 21', but my sister's 19' grady has one. As a salt water boater, I give equipment like that a life span of 5 years and a 20% chance of it working when you need it.
I use whistles. They don't short, corrode, or run out of air until I do. Plus they can stay on my pfd or in my pocket conveniently for my own emergencies. I have an air horn I found on a used boat I bought but I doubt I'll replace it.
We don't need to use horns around here, so like everything boating, there are no "rules" but one. But following the recent discussion about "signalling intentions" I overtook a 110' tour boat yesterday, and no way the captain would hear or see any signal from me, so I called him on 16 "overtaking on your starboard" and he appreciated it and waved. At the time we were contending with an approaching container ship and a Coast Guard cutter sitting in the channel.
Thank you all for the reply..., i now know that i have left something out...well maybe not totally since all four out of five life vests have "just" whistles...why four out of five...because Ares...my dog can't whistle...yet.So i take taht this whistle will have to be marine grade...where do you guys got yours from ?...i had in mind something like a model T type horn...nostalgia type sound, whould that be too goofy ?
Thanks again to all.