Re: Noise from dockline passing thru Hawse Pipe
We had the same madly annoying problem until someone showed us a trick. We have standard docklines that we bought at West Marine, with chaff guards (white canvas type material that velcros over the line - also bought at West Marine). The trick is to take standard bar soap and rub it over the chaff guard or dockline where it rubs on the hawser. We have to re-apply every couple of months, but otherwise it completely silences the lines. Finally, peace and quiet. Now if I can only get my neighbor to tie off his slapping halyards...
We have the folding table and for the most part love the fact that it is out of the way most of the time and really opens up the boat. When down though, it is impossible to access anything under the port settee. Another thing to ponder - I wouldn't trust leaving it down while sailing for fear of damaging it if you are thrown against it. It isn't strong enough to withstand even a moderate lateral blow. So for passages, you have to work around eating and working without a table. I think the centerline table is better for working at sea. I'm not sure yet how I am going to deal with this admittedly small problem – although may become really annoying on a long passage. Everything is a trade-off, and nothing is ever easy when it comes to boats.
Hope that helps.
Brian & Marya
Pacific Seacraft 34
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