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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 8:41 am 
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My wife came up with this ingenious way of keep our cell phones safe and dry on the boat. We put them in plastic mayonnaise jars. Here is a picture.

http://utahsummersailing.blogspot.com/2013/05/keeping-your-electronics-dry.html


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 12:00 pm 
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leave it in the truck!!!!!!!!!!! JK


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 12:03 pm 
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We put them in plastic mayonnaise jars.


I guess that's OK if you don't care about the phone getting wet when you actually want to USE it. The primary reason I carry a cell phone on board is so I have communication in case of emergency, so I wouldn't want to have to be concerned about keeping the phone dry in that situation.

I use an Aquapac and generally either stick the phone in a tramp pouch or hang it from my neck, tucked under my wetsuit. It works fine with the iPhone touch screen and can even take half decent pictures through the case. Relatively cheap too, around $25.

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 12:07 pm 
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I have a couple of those bags which seal up nice and tight and still allow you to use the phone.. even taking pictures/video.. (like drycase.com)

I have a couple applications I like to use while out sailing to help improve my skills....



I still haven't come up with a way to mount it that I like yet... I'll grab some pictures next time I am at the lake..


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 12:30 pm 
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I got myself one of these:
http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/ ... 15192735:s
keeps the phone dry and plays whatever music is on the phone at the same time. great for sailing. fair warning, i'm on my 3rd one, the other two stopped working, thank god for warranties. I would recommend getting a less cheap version of this.

newest one has held up the best, it is slightly different than what is pictured in that link/my first two(latches and logo are different)

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:31 pm 
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if you don't care about the phone getting wet when you actually want to USE it


I use my phone all the time. I'm glad you have a system that works for you however.


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:32 pm 
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I have a couple applications I like to use while out sailing to help improve my skills


What apps?


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 8:43 pm 
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kevinbatchelor wrote:
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I have a couple applications I like to use while out sailing to help improve my skills


What apps?


This is my favorite..

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... iling.beta


viewtopic.php?f=4&t=46978


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:24 am 
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Lifeproof.com has waterproof iPhone covers. Good to 6" depth if you drop it in the water. Also have snap-on feature so you can attach it to your belt or PFD for easy access. Use ours for fast, spray-in-your-face AI sailing. Sure beats bagging the phone in a water-tight container and then trying to keep it dry while using it. They're a bit pricey but way cheaper than my iPhone and/or handheld VHF radio.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:55 am 
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I also use the Lifeproof case for my iPhone.

Sailhoky, I think you meant it is good up to a depth of 6.6 feet (2 meters).

For many years I used West Marine's waterproof dry paks since the price is right and they float.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:56 am 
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Here's another option for offshore sailing.

Cobra makes a Bluetooth enabled VHF marine radio which is waterproof and allows you to accept and place phone calls through your smart phone. (475 model)

Your $600 phone stays tucked in an aquapak pouch, inside your drybag. It can still track your gps movements there.

Good to have a VHF onboard anyway, and it's required, at times.


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:29 pm 
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I really like the idea of the VHF radio blue tooth connection to the cell. VHF is much more useful when sailing where there is no cell connection. With a BT connection to the phone... really interesting.


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:14 pm 
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Here's the newest model. Often on sale.

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https://www.cobra.com/detail/mr-hh500-flt-bt-floating-vhf-radio-with-bluetooth-wireless-technology-rewind-say-again.cfm


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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 10:32 pm 
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I have a dry bag for the cellphone. In a separate small ziplock bag, I store my Bluetooth headphone. Head phone gets tucked into lifejacket pocket. Need to make a call? Get out headset and use voice dialing to place call. Phone stays in it's happy place.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:53 am 
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I just found an old OtterBox #1900 that my wife bought me years ago for my Palm Pilot. The iPhone 5 (and smaller) fits in there perfectly, and there's a thin membrane on the front so I can operate the touch screen. I doubt it would be very good for talking, but it's great for using the screen for things like map/GPS and of course you could text. It's large enough that it will float, also.

The back is solid, so you can't use the rear camera. On the iPhone 5 there isn't enough room to use the front camera either (and still reach the front button well), but with the 4 it works well.

This is definitely going to be part of my sailing kit from now on. I don't go out on the boat so I can yak on the phone, but having screen access (and maybe a camera) is great.

Another thing I've learned over the years is that when you have electronics in a waterproof bag or case, always stuff a paper towel or similar in with it so the odd drop of water that finds its way in there doesn't pool in one corner where it will invariably wick into some important electronic circuit.

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