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post #31 of 37 Old 07-19-2006
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Pool noodles

Before I spent any money building a sand-ballasted skirt (I like the idea though), I would try tying a pool noodle or two under the stern to see if some comfiguration might help.

Two or three fenders tied together streched across the dock might work too.
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Cool Bubble Pack

Umpteen years ago we chartered a Beneteau First 32.5. We were very close to turning the boat in early when I remembered a long piece of bubble pack in our luggage (wine bottle wrapper). It was about five feet long and a foot and a half wide (we had more than one bottle of wine).

I took the dowel out of the windscoop and cut it in half. We duct taped it at each end of the bubble pack. We made a bridle for each end and then tied it to the stern cleats each side, tucking the bubble pack up under the stern tight against the hull.

Silence.

The soft pack took the energy out of the wavelets and the uneven surface turned the sound to white noise.

We left it in the boat. We swore off aft cabins tucked into the bilge.
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Hey Neighbor!! (I am in Galesville)....The bubble wrap sounds like a great idea. I think it has to do with the tapered stern lines that were so popular in the late 1970s....
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We have a 2005 Caliber 40 with a cruising version of a sugar scoop transom. Sitting in the slip we get the slap when the seabreeze kicks in and shoves the wavelets into us. Problem doesn't occur at anchor -- tacking on the hook or not. On that Beneteau the slapping was a 360 degree affair.

How long in Galesville?
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Althought I havent tried it. I still think that if you tie your dinghy perpendicular off the stern and hold it out with something like a hook, you may be able to create a calm area under your transom using what is already onboard. Of course I could go out and try it as we have the slapping problem at anchor, but hey, actually sailing would interfere with my sailnet time.
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a friend recommended taking three swim "noodles", running line through them and hanging them off the stern of the boat to absord the wave sounds. Have not tried it but notice that the slap silencer looks sort of like that. Noodles are about a buck a piece. Faith
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Since the diaper or noodle(s) are out of sight therefore out of mind I might suggest a little note or warning device by the starter of the engine.....unless you follow some sort of a checklist of course.

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