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Old 30-08-2009, 05:23   #1
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Fiddles - How Deep?

I am just about to build the fiddles for my galley and was planning to make them 1.5 inches deep (38 mm) as this is what I have used on past boats.

However I am wondering how deep your fiddles are?
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Mine are 1" high. The higher the more than can hold with more heel presumably.
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1".
Don't want them to high, but then again, you can use them as hand holds as well...
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depth is really a question of what you are trying to hold in place. For example a plate may be 1/2" but with cutlery, 1", whereas a mug of soup would need 2".

However, it is also a question of what you are comfortable with when in harbour as well. - not impossible to construct the table so that it has snap in fiddles, that can be removed when everything is back on an even keel (or you move the table to a catamaran )
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Half inch mine. 1 inch in critical places (but not the main table).

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I made the fiddle on the open end of our inboard galley counter 6" high. Really worked great for keeping things off the floor when sailing on port tack The rest of the fiddles on the galley were 1" High. They didn't need to hold much back as they ran athwartship. If you get them too high, it is awkward to work on the counter as you keep bumping into them. Think using a knife with a ridge in front of the working area.

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We have them 1 inch on the main table but they can be removed. At 1 inch in the times you don't need them they are annoying. We have holes in the table so the fiddles can be added as required or leave the table flat so you have a place for your elbows. If it gets worse than that then switch to deep bowls and ignore the concept of fiddles. If stuff its flying the one pot meal is as good as it gets in rough weather and a bowl serves well.
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If you go with removable fiddles they must be attatched strongly as you will grab them when the boat lurches in a seaway and you dont want a false sense of security.
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.......that can be removed when everything is back on an even keel (or you move the table to a catamaran )
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Seriously, thanks for the replies. I should point out that I am talking about fiddles around the galley counter as my 31 x 8.5 ft does not include a table. I forgotten that some boats have such luxuries
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My Fiddles

My Nimble did not come with fiddles and I got tired of things sliding off the counter (after 13 yrs!!) so I recently added fiddles. Had a nice chunk of mahogany I found (probably off an old Whaler) and made some up.Turned out pretty nice.
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I will say this, when you have a laptop, on a table / desk with fiddles, it's annoying and uncomfortable.
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