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Richard Ferguson
 
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Starting December 18th, there was a thread on safety gear, which
included a discussion of a "Blaster Horn" that was reported to be
amazingly loud. Included in that thread was a discussion of the size of
the horns, some of which were reported to be on the large size for
paddlers, with some of them somewhat smaller. Someone claimed that there
were two sizes. Unfortunately, now that I am ready to order a horn, I
am confused about which one to buy.

SeaSense makes one of them, a SeaSense Safety Blaster Horn, usually
portrayed on the web as white with an orange mouthpiece. The discussion
thread indicated that there were a couple of sizes of SeaSense horns,
but they all look the same on the web.

http://www.fogdog.com/product/index....oductId=841305

Orion makes a Safety Blaster Horn, usually shown on the web as a carded
product, all orange.

Apparently there is a company called "Safety Blaster" that also makes a
Safety Blaster Horn, black and orange.

If you go to amazon, and search for Blaster Horn under Sports and
Outdoor category, you can see three horns side by side on one page. For
all I can tell, they are identical except for brand name and color.

On pygmyboats.com, I found a Safety Blaster Horn with a white mouthpiece
and a blue body.

Unfortunately, none of the ads seem to tell you how large they are,
although some ads mention 1.4 oz. They all look like they are the same
size and design, just different brand names and colors. Some of the ads
even say "assorted colors". They generally have lanyards. The cost
varies, but all are around $10 US.

So, which one do I order? How long are they? I am looking for
something to affix to my life jacket.

Richard
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"Richard Ferguson" wrote in message
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Starting December 18th, there was a thread on safety gear, which included
a discussion of a "Blaster Horn" that was reported to be amazingly loud.
Included in that thread was a discussion of the size of the horns, some of
which were reported to be on the large size for paddlers, with some of
them somewhat smaller. Someone claimed that there were two sizes.
Unfortunately, now that I am ready to order a horn, I am confused about
which one to buy.

SeaSense makes one of them, a SeaSense Safety Blaster Horn, usually
portrayed on the web as white with an orange mouthpiece. The discussion
thread indicated that there were a couple of sizes of SeaSense horns, but
they all look the same on the web.

http://www.fogdog.com/product/index....oductId=841305

Orion makes a Safety Blaster Horn, usually shown on the web as a carded
product, all orange.

Apparently there is a company called "Safety Blaster" that also makes a
Safety Blaster Horn, black and orange.

If you go to amazon, and search for Blaster Horn under Sports and Outdoor
category, you can see three horns side by side on one page. For all I can
tell, they are identical except for brand name and color.

On pygmyboats.com, I found a Safety Blaster Horn with a white mouthpiece
and a blue body.

Unfortunately, none of the ads seem to tell you how large they are,
although some ads mention 1.4 oz. They all look like they are the same
size and design, just different brand names and colors. Some of the ads
even say "assorted colors". They generally have lanyards. The cost
varies, but all are around $10 US.

So, which one do I order? How long are they? I am looking for something
to affix to my life jacket.



http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...ab=spe#tablink
Unless thats a 1-inch cable making the lanyard, it looks to be about the
size of a candy bar, when extended. Closed, about the size of a film
canister.
--riverman


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"Richard Ferguson" wrote in message
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Starting December 18th, there was a thread on safety gear, which included
a discussion of a "Blaster Horn" that was reported to be amazingly loud.
Included in that thread was a discussion of the size of the horns, some of
which were reported to be on the large size for paddlers, with some of
them somewhat smaller. Someone claimed that there were two sizes.
Unfortunately, now that I am ready to order a horn, I am confused about
which one to buy.

SeaSense makes one of them, a SeaSense Safety Blaster Horn, usually
portrayed on the web as white with an orange mouthpiece. The discussion
thread indicated that there were a couple of sizes of SeaSense horns, but
they all look the same on the web.

http://www.fogdog.com/product/index....oductId=841305

Orion makes a Safety Blaster Horn, usually shown on the web as a carded
product, all orange.

Apparently there is a company called "Safety Blaster" that also makes a
Safety Blaster Horn, black and orange.

If you go to amazon, and search for Blaster Horn under Sports and Outdoor
category, you can see three horns side by side on one page. For all I can
tell, they are identical except for brand name and color.

On pygmyboats.com, I found a Safety Blaster Horn with a white mouthpiece
and a blue body.

Unfortunately, none of the ads seem to tell you how large they are,
although some ads mention 1.4 oz. They all look like they are the same
size and design, just different brand names and colors. Some of the ads
even say "assorted colors". They generally have lanyards. The cost
varies, but all are around $10 US.

So, which one do I order? How long are they? I am looking for something
to affix to my life jacket.

Richard


http://tinyurl.com/4vu57
Says its 9x5x2 inches, but I bet its 9 inches extended, 5 inches collapsed.

hth
--riverman


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I just dug out my brand new SeaSense Safety Blaster. Product #50074062. It
says it is 120dbs and can be heard over a mile. It mildly hurts to blow it as
hard as you can.
LOA: 5 3/8"
Width: 2" at the bell

It is not collapsible. I did have one that broke in half when someone ran his
kayak over it (on my deck) and it actually still worked without the orange
throat. At that point the LOA was 2 7/8". However, at that short I had
problems with water making the membrane wet and it wouldn't work until I shook
it back out. I keep the horn on my deck when I carry it.

FWIW: Practical Sailor did a study of whistles and found the Fox 40 louder than
the (much larger) Storm. I have some of both.

Brian Blankinship
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5.4 by 2 inches seems a little large to attach to my PFD. It would be
good on my 14 foot aluminum boat, hang it on the boat as you do. I might
be happier with the Fox 40 whistle for paddling, and attach it to the
PFD. It looks like it is intended for Marine use, made of yellow
plastic. You even have test reports that say that it is a good choice.
When I looked on the web, I found that this whistle is used in
professional sports.

It sounds like you are a whistle man, do you have any strong
preferences? Did I detect an implied endorsement of the Fox 40? Smaller
is better on my PFD.

Thanks for digging out a blaster and measuring it.

Richard

Blankibr wrote:
I just dug out my brand new SeaSense Safety Blaster. Product #50074062. It
says it is 120dbs and can be heard over a mile. It mildly hurts to blow it as
hard as you can.
LOA: 5 3/8"
Width: 2" at the bell

It is not collapsible. I did have one that broke in half when someone ran his
kayak over it (on my deck) and it actually still worked without the orange
throat. At that point the LOA was 2 7/8". However, at that short I had
problems with water making the membrane wet and it wouldn't work until I shook
it back out. I keep the horn on my deck when I carry it.

FWIW: Practical Sailor did a study of whistles and found the Fox 40 louder than
the (much larger) Storm. I have some of both.

Brian Blankinship



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If I expect to signal people (leading a class or trip) I carry the horn. The
Fox 40 lives in my PFD all the time.

I used to have a Storm whistle on a badge retainer--One of those things you
hang your ID badge on with the retractable line. After losing the second Storm
when the retainer came off the PFD, I gave up on that. I still have a third
Storm, but it is attached to my lunch dry bag.

YMMV, but the Fox 40 is small enough to leave dummy-corded in the PFD pocket.
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Richard Ferguson wrote:
5.4 by 2 inches seems a little large to attach to my PFD.


It fits fine in a PFD pocket.
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I had one of the smaller blaster horns, made in England, purchased from
WalMart. Seemed loud when I blew it but paddling friends about 1/4 mile away
couldn't hear it when I blew it, and we were on a high mtn. lake miles from
road noise, etc. ?? When I took it out new years day, (temp
+8 F) the thing cracked several places and was useless. I'm sticking with
my whistle and radio


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On 10-Feb-2005, "mauiEd" wrote:

Seemed loud when I blew it but paddling friends about 1/4 mile away
couldn't hear it when I blew it, and we were on a high mtn. lake miles from
road noise, etc. ??


Which way was the wind blowing? If they are upwind, they are less likely
to hear you.

Mike
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mauiEd wrote:
I had one of the smaller blaster horns, made in England, purchased from
WalMart. Seemed loud when I blew it but paddling friends about 1/4 mile away
couldn't hear it when I blew it, and we were on a high mtn. lake miles from
road noise, etc. ?? When I took it out new years day, (temp
+8 F) the thing cracked several places and was useless. I'm sticking with
my whistle and radio


I have yet to find a sound making device small enough to carry
conveniently that will work over a 1/4 mile distance if there is any
significant wind or wave noise. The Safety Blaster horn is better than
any whistle, but it's still not enough. Nothing can substitute for a
marine VHF radio when you need to communicate over any real distance.
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