Deckband 4i, interesting Bluetooth concept

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

1 Response

  1. Phil Murray says:

    Ben, I don’t call you crazy at all, but then I wouldn’t, because I’m the one who developed this product. Yes, it does exist, it does work very well, it does connect with the VHF audio (taking the place of a deck speaker), and it does serve as a MOB alert. The point about Class 2 is that anything more and it would take too long before the lost crew member was out of range. Class 2 in practice can extend to 25m in open air, and reaching the bow of my 46ft Southerly from a below deck nav station aft of midships is no problem at all.
    Sorry to take so long to respond to your views, but a question on our website would have got an answer in 24 hours.
    Looking forward to your custom.

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