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How to quieten crockery, glasses, tins, jars and bottled provisions for long passages



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What is the issue?
A vessel afloat is in constant motion, especially so during passages. On the move stored items tend to rattle and slap noisily making it difficult to rest below decks.

Why address this?
Tins jostling about and / or glass wear chinking rhythmically to the rolling motion of the vessel and wave can be acutely wearisome for crew trying to rest below decks. Worse, and as often as not, these provisioned items can be directly under the bunks where crew are trying to sleep. In time this movement causes opaque wear patches to appear in the vessels glasses & crockery. This is unnecessary and easily preventable.

How to address this?
Forethought is all that is required. Pay particular attention when stowing tins and glass jars or bottle based provisions for passages.

1/ Leave no spaces for tins to come loose and roll about, even a tin rocking back and forth a few centimetres can be highly annoying under a bunk.
2/ Where possible insert a towel between the layers of tins to stop the metal/glass upon metal/glass slap.
3/ Have some cloth to hand to replace items consumed on route in order to retain the packing density.

Before departing on a passage, place all glasses and bottles in old socks to prevent them from grinding against each other. Insert foam sponges in lockers to hold everything firmly in place. If there is any space special crockery inserts in galley shelves for plates and cups (and if you do not have them they are highly recommended) wedge them tightly into place. Also lay cloths between all galley plates as they shudder upon breasting waves.

Just a little due diligence, routine and forethought can pay dividends when it comes to creating a hospitable environment for crew to get rest during passage.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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