JohnL, Unfortunately, I just sold my last wood boat, or I would make you a CD. One more sail left when the new owner gets out here. It is an interesting orchestra that goes on, especially at night. The phosforessence (sp) of the fish
, the water
singing off the stern, the smell of the ocean, sometimes pungent, sometimes sweet, but always unique. Adding a back beat with the occasional quiet creak of the stove swinging on the gimbles, the rudder
keeping tempo in the pintles. and the steady crescendo of the waves as they roll under the boat, and break ahead of you.
Del, silence? Then again, those quite calms, surrounded by fog
... But still, there is the occasional snap against the hull
as a ripple from some unfelt breeze a hundred miles away finally reaches the boat.
As for dropping a bolt in the bilge
, even that is a nice sound on a late watch. Of course, when you drop the hook and try to fall asleep for a day or two, those little noises can drive you crazy.