Kahlenberg UK Ltd director Kim Hollamby has recently fitted a set of Kahlenberg D-0A air horns to Formanda, his 1974-built motor cruiser that is nearing the end of a three-year restoration.
“Formanda still had her original air horn from the 1970s,” Kim relates. “But for sure it was nowhere near compliant with the COLREGs and it sounded and looked very wrong too. The D-0As are something else again. They look superb and sound fantastic, although we have to be careful not to scare the neighbours. Being based in the naval dockyard of Portsmouth in the UK when we sound the Kahlenbergs everyone starts looking around for something altogether larger.
“Prior to installation we used these D-0As in a temporary rig to persuade a yacht club of the merits of using Kahlenberg air horns for yacht race sound signals,” Kim continues. “When the club commodore heard the Kahlenbergs from nearly a mile away through treble glazed glass the decision was pretty much made on the spot.”