We meet up with my parents at their home and have a really great time, but it is not just the sun that shines and all the family memories we have when we are together that makes it fun, it is the non-stop water fun we are involved in with them. The kids are so excited to go out on the boat while we are there, they spend a ton of time with their Grandpa cleaning the boat, prepping it for our ‘voyages’ and playing around in the water! Nothing makes me more nervous than bad weather that just creeps up out of nowhere when we boat or my dad is just with my mom and the fact that he needs to know what is going. Let’s face facts, smartphones are not always reliable nor are they always ‘smart’! Here’s my solution for my dad, boating, being in the water, on the water, and all around the water in order to get weather alerts and never worry if he drops it! Lavishly live technology, and travel out loud and let things float!
While the water may look calm, and beautiful, everything is not always as it seems and things happen fast when you are out boating in the ocean, and response time is everything, including out-running the storm as we have done with my dad before. I don’t like this feeling of being surrounded by water, and helpless if you can’t get back quick enough, but why end up in that situation? Fact is, if you have the right equipment for communication with you, boating can be fun and done under the proper weather conditions!
We enjoy boating with my parents, the kids love it when they are at the wheel with my dad right behind. Looks like my one son is ready for a nap, lol, because being out on the water is relaxing. Here is what my dad has been using to keep on top of the weather and communication.
Cobra is the brand I looked to when considering a piece of tech that would be purposeful and let me be at ease knowing my dad has it with him and my mom when we are not there! Cobra offers a: GMRS(General Mobile Radio Service), MARINE VHF, WEATHER. Weather is instantly at your fingertips(which is great) and there are automatic alerts for severe weather and other possible hazards one might encounter.
The ATR which is All Terrain Radio is Dual Band Receive and Transmit. There is a BAND Button that allow you to toggle between the GMRS and the VHF bands. Need to talk? You can talk to the GMRS users on land and then toggle right back to the VHF Band for vessel to vessel, or shore to vessel communications. This is awesome!
A great function on Cobra Floating All Terrain Radio is that it records via automation the last 20 seconds of the incoming audio, just in case that wave crashed against your boat and you may not have heard, and then you can replay the missed VHF and GMRS calls. Perfect to stay updated and not miss right?
Now, you and I both know that using things around the water is like the water daring you to drop your tech, because somehow it has a deal with retailers to cost you more, right? Not in this case. If you lose your radio, it has a floating design and it is highly visible made of orange core so it is easy to see and retrieve.
I like that this particular model is compatible with all other GMRS/FRS 2-way radios and that it offers a 3 year warranty! The HH450 Dual offers VOX Hands-free operation. GMRS is the modern standard in consumer grade two-way communications. You will find that this includes features like a noise-canceling microphone as well as BURP. If there is water in the speaker grille it will vibrate the water out of there and make the speaker perform better, thus, ‘BURP’!
When threatening weather is upcoming, the Weather Alert with Specific Area Message Encoding(S.A.M.E) provides alerts with audible tones and visual alarms, so if you don’t see it you will definitely hear it. Just make sure to set your local area, which basically mutes out warnings that have nothing to do with you. I like this because you know that if this device would keep on squawking info, chances are you would tune it out, but if it only tells you what you need to know, you are sure to listen when it is time!
If the noises fail you, and you don’t see the screen with the visual alarms there is also VibraAlert which offers a vibrating feedback to let you know there are incoming transmissions.
What’s in the box?
Removable Dual Band Antennae
Rapid Desktop Charger
Lithium Ion Battery
Spring Loaded Belt Clip
AA Batter Tray(need 5AA batteries)
Wrist Lanyard(perfect for by the water and when steering the boat)
Give the gift of communication no matter where they go from land to water! The Cobra. MR HH450 DUAL is the perfect way to lavishly live life out on the water staying informed and in touch!