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Squeaking boat all the way from Charleston to Jacksonville

This was my first multi night cruise. It went well though tiring. The boat squeeked tremendously loudly on the inside. It is a Grampian 30' 1974 Sloop rig. I think it is solid really and its just the wood on the inside and the wooden floor installed by the previous owner. Its Cherry and looks great but whoa its loud! It sounds like an old house at night but maybe 100 times more often and the accoustics cause it to be 400 times louuder. The seas were a little rough though. Any of ya'll have a squeeking boat? Did you get used to it or did you come up with an alternative?
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You sure it was your boat? Was there a Telstar 28 in the area? Ever heard of how sounds travels through water??

Just kidding. That is for my friend Sailingdog who, if he reads this, is certain to make some kind of underserved and mean remark back to me!

More seriously, you will get to where you get used to those noises. You will learn them and know if something is unusual because they are not there or it is a different squeak! Only alternative is to buy a different boat. Hope you had a fun sail.

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If you heard booming noises, it was because SeaMist IV, a Catalina 400, was preparing dinner by blowing up the BBQ grills on the stern rail. CD likes chicken for launch...usually all the way across the harbor.
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Flexing of the boat at sea will cause the bulkheads and floors to creak. I had a C&C that flexed so much that I had to finish sailing on a port tack or the door to the aft cabin would not open.
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Awsome, thanks ya'll. Sounds like its just part of sailing.
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Awsome, thanks ya'll. Sounds like its just part of sailing.
Not so, many boats are dead quiet. Mine has pounded south from Block Island to Cape may in 6-8 seas as quiet as a cat (excepting the hourly gagging overboard sound by her skipper.)
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I'd check to see if the bulkheads are flexing or moving. A well found boat shouldn't have the bulkheads, cabin sole and such moving in relation to each other as a general rule.
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I'd check to see if the bulkheads are flexing or moving. A well found boat shouldn't have the bulkheads, cabin sole and such moving in relation to each other as a general rule.
Structural bulkheads no but non-structural bulkheads, lockers etc can squeak pretty loudly if they're not isolated from the hull or other pieces of joinery. The OP said the original owner installed the sole, could be rubbing when the hull flexes?
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Having significant amount of wooden interior pretty much guarantees sqweeking. Owners of newer boats that use pan liners, molded lockers and the only wood you see is a laminate with wood veneer glued on - wouldn't understand
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