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Old 05-11-2011, 13:55   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new to the forum and even newer to living aboard. My question is how do others sleep through rigging singing in the winds? I could list 20 different sounds depending on wind speed and direction.

Thanks all

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Old 05-11-2011, 14:00   #2
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Re: Sleeping aboard

It lulls you to sleep after you get used to it.
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Re: Sleeping aboard

Soon you won't be able to sleep without it! Tie up all rigging wires and halliards running down the mast with some elastic ties. Stops the banging.

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Re: Sleeping aboard

once you get used to it, then you can worry about the other noises that don't sound "Normal".
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once you get used to it, then you can worry about the other noises that don't sound "Normal".

Yes, it's the strange sounds that get you.
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Yes, it's the strange sounds that get you.
Or dead silence- that wakes you up instantly .... then the storm starts .......
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Music to my ears...until the anchor starts dragging that is
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Re: Sleeping aboard

Brother who sailed the indian ocean in the eighties relates tales of awakening 'not on schedule'.
On one occasion the boat was sailing backwards.
On the other occasion a reef was half a mile ahead. Uncharted.

Moral is:
If you wake up go on deck.
Do your usual checks with extra care. Mooring lines can slip off, and not just on your boat.
Your sixth sense is the one you should never ignore.
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Thanks for the posts, tonight is just my 5th night so hope it will soon feel normal.
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Re: Sleeping aboard

A lot of noises from the riggng can be reduced and lots of times in the middle of the night you will learn which line needs attention to "fix".
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Re: Sleeping Aboard

We don't liveaboard yet, but do spend weeks onboard at a time. Try some different configurations on tying off the halyards. You can't probably stop all the noise, but you'll also get use to it. The fun part is after you get use to it and you sleep on land you'll probably wake up in the middle of the night freaking out trying to understand why your not moving and checking under the bed for water. My wife and I have a much harder time sleeping on land then we do on the boat and the transition back to land is always good for a laugh for about three nights.
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The most important issue is that your boat's "noises" aren't keeping anyone else awake. What you might find disturbing, others will find annoying.
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Problem? My snoring drowns out all those pesky sounds...just ask my dock/anchorage mates!
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Bungee off what you must, but all those sounds are letting you know what is happening outside .With experience ,you will take comfort in your anchoring ability and choice of location. Wave slap, sudden heeling,chain rumbling as it shifts along the bottom,bumps in the night,sudden silence,changes in pitch of the wind,swinging of gimbaled lamps below all can be reassuring and sleep inducing; or alert you to the need to peek topside in possible preparation for some serious activity.
In time this input from the elements will become more significant to you as you sleep soundly with one eye open. I always say : one does not "sail" a boat one wears it!
It will prove worthwhile to go bed having listened to the latest weather report so you can be prepared beforehand and there will be fewer surprises.
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Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new to the forum and even newer to living aboard. My question is how do others sleep through rigging singing in the winds? I could list 20 different sounds depending on wind speed and direction.

Thanks all

Phill

Fall in love with the sounds. They're beautiful and a reminder of where you are.

But more practically, make sure your bed is comfortable. I put a couple of inches of memory foam in the V-berth and now it's a cozy, soft place to sleep.
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