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Stopping a tethered dingy rubbing and bumping against the yacht
Depending on conditions dinghies tethered to the stern of a yacht can make a lot of slapping noise in a chop or at other times rub and butt up against the yacht itself. The answer is to haul the tender out on davits but few yachts have these davits preferring to depend upon inflatable dinghies that are stowed away during passages and tethered whilst at anchor.
Quietening 'shackle crack' when sailing in light airs
When the wind fills and un-fills from the sails in light air it can cause reverberating snapping of shackles. This is particularly the case if the vessels head sail blocks are attached by shackles as was the case with our circumnavigating vessel.
Quieting the anchor chain's 'crunch and grind' in the bow roller
In a stiff breeze or chop, a yacht tends to press astern lifting up the weight of chain between the vessel and the anchor. Once the chain is pulled taught the links in the chocks snap tight and then grind and crunch.
Quietening crockery, glasses, tins, jars and bottled provisions for long passages
A vessel afloat is in constant motion, especially so during passage making and never more so than during Tradewind sailing. With the wind astern, running before the trades, yachts tend to roll over about every six seconds. That's 10 rolls a minute, 600 times an hour, 14,400 times a day, for two to three weeks or more depending upon the passage. During each of these rolls, stored items below decks tend to jostle about, rattle and slap noisily.
A simple way to keep crockery secure and quiet
A boat in motion is not a friendly habitat for crockery. It needs to be stowed in secure and tailored seats to prevent it falling about and breaking. These seats need to be a snug fit that is tailored to the specific crockery aboard. Otherwise, the crockery will slide and shuffle about creating an irksome noise below decks.
Preventing blocks from banging upon the decks when sailing in light airs
Light air sailing can cause blocks to lift and crash down on decks as the wind fills and un-fills from the sails.