Date: 29 March 2016. Boat Noises.
Noise is a given when you live close to the water. You might hear
your bilge pump come on. Another time the anchor chain rattle. When
you know what the sound is caused by, it eventually becomes part of
the background and unheard.
It is those
intermittent unidentified sounds that drive me crazy. I had one such
and now know just whom to blame.
that would not be the person I see in the mirror each
day. Nope. The person at fault is gone and unable to
defend herself. And I miss Lori too.
A while back I met the
loveliest couple on S/V Anja. She's a Slocum reproduction with
a pilothouse added. Anja is quite the sailboat. She is
definitely interesting with lots of nifty ideas incorporated
in her features. I wrote about that in the
(Joshua Slocum's) Spray replica Anja
This is Lori. She lives aboard
S/V Anja. ↓
Often ladies out here swap plants. Lori gave me a beautiful lemon
plant. It smelled wonderful and I tucked it under one of my oil
lanterns. It had a lovely lemon scent and was quite delicate and
This pair is the culprit and cohort.
What I did not know for the longest time was that the leaves would
rub against the bottom of my oil lantern. When the boat rocked or
the wind blew I would hear a slight bell-ringing sound. It was a
once in a while event and just soft enough that I was unsure if it
was from inside the boat or not. Argh!
Finally while chatting on the
phone with my friend Irene on Katja I had a eureka moment. I was
near enough the plant to locate where the sound originated. I was
relieved. I knew there was a bell, and finally I found it. The tiny
little leaves caused the sound.
important. When you hear something out of the ordinary it is your
Number One job to locate where the noise comes from. Next determine
why it is occurring.
Side Note: When I was
back in Carrabelle I heard a noise. It sounded like
electricity shorting out. I could not locate the specific spot
it was coming from. Worse yet, the noise seemed to be bouncing
around. That's when I called the owner of a boat that was tied
Jerry arrived quickly. Finally we spotted
the problem. It originated ashore and was rectified
Unusual electrical sounds MUST be
located and repaired.
A wire shorting out could easily burn your boat down.
Calling for help is not a sign of
weakness. A second set of eyes and ears can often prevent a minor
problem from becoming a major one. Fires aboard boats are a terrible
thing. None of us want one and everyone works together to prevent
If you hear anything aboard your
boat that has the buzz of power, find out why. Those of us with
infrared temperature gauges can check the temperature of our
devices. Too hot indicates a problem in the beginning stages. Shut
off the power source and fix it.
Be Safe! If you
cannot locate where a new
sound is originating, find someone who can do so.
That's it from the waterfront.
I've been busy with my new air-conditioner cover. It's nifty as all
get-out. More on that very soon.
Thanks for reading.
Have you ever had an unidentified sound emanating from
someplace in your home?
And did you finally figure out what it was? What was it?
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