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djahncke posted 01-03-2015 05:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for djahncke   Send Email to djahncke  

One of the annoying characteristic of a whaler is the wave slapping noise against the bow when you are at anchor. Not a big problem during the day but at night when you are trying to sleeping it can be very annoying. Here is a fellow who claims to have found a solution:

I have not tried this but it seems like it could work.

David Pendleton posted 01-03-2015 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
What a great idea!
jimh posted 01-04-2015 02:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Anchor or moor with the stern to the wind. We do this all the time to avoid the hull slap. The design of the Boston Whaler hull accentuates this problem. Also, we find that our boat tends to ride to the wind more steadily with the stern to the wind. With the bow into the wind at anchor the boat will tend to sail on its anchor line. We do get a few odd stares from other boaters when anchored by the stern instead of the bow.

The hull slap can be so annoying, even when staying at a marina, that we have gotten underway in the middle of the night to swing the boat 180-degrees in the boat slip to get rid of the hull slap.

jimp posted 01-04-2015 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Ditto JimH's comment.

We always overnight with the stern to the wind at the float and protected by a neighboring boat. Nice and quiet. Still get plenty of ventilation below.

Obviously can't do this when it's rough.


jimh posted 01-04-2015 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
When it's rough, you won't be kept awake by just the hull slap.

Anchoring by the stern may not be a good idea for some Boston Whaler boats with notched transoms, but it generally works well with our Whaler Drive boat.

dfmcintyre posted 01-04-2015 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Ditto Jim - BTDT. We've even used three anchors at times; two off the stern and one bow. And hope that in the middle of the night no one swings into us....

Regards - Don

martyn1075 posted 01-04-2015 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for martyn1075  Send Email to martyn1075     
I like the noodle idea and couldn't help but chuckle by the creators suggestion in his statment under number three. Very funny but at the same time was honest, and is probably exactly what many people would do.
Binkster posted 01-04-2015 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     
I always attributed the hull slap on my 13 footer for the reason it was hard to catch fish in shallow water.


Jeff posted 01-04-2015 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
The sound of the water slapping is the best part of sleeping on a boat. Puts me right to sleep.
jimh posted 01-04-2015 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Usually a good stiff pour of Canadian whiskey over ice is what puts me to sleep on the boat.
martyn1075 posted 01-04-2015 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for martyn1075  Send Email to martyn1075     
Well as a I am Canadian I can assure you are on the right track. Pair it up with a strong "Canadian" beer and forget about the noodles, however just make sure you lay the hook down before you take part or else you will surely forget about something else, like laying the anchor down altogether.
RevengeFamily posted 01-05-2015 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
When I'm aboard, I sleep very well. But it is a different type of sleep than at home. Don't misunderstand me, I get plenty of sleep...

I have no qualms with "wave slap"... Puts me to sleep in minutes...

If there is very little wind, there is no sound at all and in reality I'm much more concerned during the night...

But if there is some wave slap, in my slumber, it reassures me that I'm still on the hook and pointed into the wind...

Either way, I still wake around sunrise and get on with the day...

Very much looking forward to getting through the winter months and getting the Whaler back in the water...

Stay warm all,

egres posted 01-05-2015 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for egres  Send Email to egres

{ Blocked-out sound TOTALLY "Your Ear Plugs are amazing! I didn’t hear another sound all night" }

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The perfect Solution..

contender posted 01-05-2015 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Sorry but I'll have to take hotel on the water so I can enjoy a nice shower and large bed...
gnr posted 01-06-2015 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gnr    
Those ear plugs Serge linked to are far and away the best ear plugs I have ever used.

I never leave home on my bike without them and they come in just as handy sharing a tent or a room on the road with one of my obnoxiously loud snoring buddies.

martyn1075 posted 01-06-2015 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for martyn1075  Send Email to martyn1075     
The seem pretty reasonable in regards to the price. I am assuming they are designed to block out as much sound as possible. When I was in my twenties dreaming to be a rock star and was playing in numerous bands playing every week I invested in some custom made ear plugs. Very expensive but well worth it they even have tiny built in filters to allow certain frequencies to pass and others to be cut. They however are not designed to take away all the sound just specific frequency that are dangerous. Obviously not a good thing if you can't hear the rhythm. Funny enough I still use them today when I go to concerts. Yes I do get the odd look but when I go home I don't get the ringing effect that is not only annoying but dangerous over time.

If I was just needing them for the boat I would get those blue ones posted but they won't be as comfortable as the custom ones.

Binkster posted 01-06-2015 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     
Ear plugs. (TOOL NOISE) Another good comment for my thread "Tools that bite". When I was framing homes we never wore them, becuase we had to comunicate with each other while working. Out of habit I never wore them while working alone either. Now I have a pretty good case of tinitus. Some days its better than others, but its always there. Folks around me get tired of hearing me say "say again" when talking with a group. Now I always wear them when mowing, usung a table saw or the loudest tool of them all, the shreaking noise of a planer.


deepwater posted 01-09-2015 03:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
wave slap was the reason i slept on my Whaler,,pounding is why i slept on shore
aja posted 01-18-2015 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for aja  Send Email to aja     
Just saw this thread and figured a whaler would be the first image of one of my boats on this site but was surprised to see my sailboat on this link, which I should add is a very effective way to avoid chine slap. My buddy is the one who put this together who seems to be particularly sensitive to chine slap at night so we have had a lot of fun through the years playing with different "solutions" to this.

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