Originally Posted by gjordan
I consider fiddles as essential for offshore boats, but they must be done correctly or they are no help at all. I have seen too many production boats that have fiddles that have the sloping face of the wood towards the inner part of the table. That simply gives a launching point to a sliding plate. The flat side of the wood should face the inside of the table. You might want to measure your plates before you cut your wood and make fiddles, since there should not be too much distance between the plate width and the distance between your fiddles. You should also measure the height of the rims of your soup bowls, since you will be using bowls much more often at sea than you will plates. Allow a little extra height for the nonskid cloth or bar mat that you will have on your table when offshore. Fiddles should be removable(or only installed offshore) by making holes in the table, and epoxy
in copper tubing, and make the fiddles with brass rods that just fit the inside of the glued in copper tubing. Remove when in port, and install when offshore. A sloping fiddle will put a bowl of soup into the air, in a heartbeat. _______Grant.
Picture a skateboarding ramp
, perhaps? A helpful, real-world post: I've seen "sloping side facing inward" too many times on production boats, and it was only reading a 1970s Ferenc Mate boat on small yacht improvements that I grasped why it looked funny
While you could use a line or even a pulley for a table, you could also router out a divot or slot for the folding leg option to nest in, or if you plan on dining during the hard stuff, you could rig hooks or a barrel bolt to keep that leg from jumping free.
An idea that used to be popular but which seems to have fallen from favour is the idea of suspending a dining table from line. The table moves (more or less) with the boat, staying (more or less) horizontal. You can then stow it up against the headliner
, I suppose, or clip it to the bulkhead