Instead of shouting (sometimes mixed with cursing) back and forth between helm and bow (providing entertainment for bystanders), some boaters use hand signals, which work pretty well for many people. An alternative is to use a wireless, hands-free communicator system – they’re readily available and relatively inexpensive. This system is especially good when it's windy or there's other noise interfering with hearing. In the U.S., FCC regulations prohibit the use of VHF radios as an intercom. If you must communicate with un-amplified words, the person on the bow must face the helmsman when speaking or yelling. Read my lips.
Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.