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Quieting a dinghy at anchor
I've got hard, fiberglass, nesting dinghy, no motor. It rows beautifully, is quite light, and is rather handsome. I bought it used, it was home made. I love this dinghy except for ...
When tethered to the mothership at anchor it makes an awful racket. Every little wavelet that slaps against the dinghy resonates, amplifies and is channeled directly to my spine.
Since it nests it stows on deck easily. However when the weather is right, it's often convienent to leave it in the water overnight at anchor.
Like most of us, I like the sound of wavelets gently lapping at the hull of the mothership. It's a Peaceful sound and makes for a good nights sleep. But when the dinghy is in the water, the same ripples make a dreadful sound. There is no escape, and ultimately little sleep.
I believe that the flat bow, and light weight are the contributing factors to the sound this thing makes.
I've tried letting it trail further away, hoping distance would muffle the sound. The painter is at least 100 ft, and that was not far enough.
Any tips to quiet it? Or just suck it up and put on deck every night?
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