|Dodging floating tree trunks after a storm in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu|
|45 degrees of heel on a 39 ft Jeanneau sailboat|
image courtesy of Sailboatcruise.ca
One of the benefits of sailing is shutting off the engine and letting the wind propel your boat. It's peaceful, very "green", and relatively quiet; and there's something enormously satisfying - and exhilarating - to feel the same air you're breathing fill your sails and push a 16000 pound boat through the water fast enough to leave a wake.
But down below deck, inside the boat, there's a lot of creaking, clattering and banging. Glassware, pots & pans, and tools bang together. Teak doors rattle in their frames. Unsecured pantry items slide & roll back and forth, banging into each other and the walls of the cupboards.
The creak and groan of the boat itself is something I find comforting, like she's singing to be moving on the water. But the clanking and banging of the supplies we've brought on board is bothersome. It feels like we haven't anticipated and planned for the ride very well, and the banging is tiresome - like a pile driver at your beach picnic.
Felt Bumpers with Adhesive backing
Enter self adhesive felt bumpers. I use these on the back corners of the frames on my art to reduce marring walls, and inhibit the crooked hang. I order them on Amazon in 84-packs, so I brought a sheet to the boat, and used them to cushion the teak door frame to the head (bathroom). The door doesn't fit the frame snugly, so it rattles teak against teak. Several teak cupboard doors swing open and bounce against teak bulkheads, which also scars the wood, so I added a few here and there, and voila; soft little barely audible bumps when doors open under the sink, to the trash and in the head.
|Felt bumpers every 6 inches inside the frame of the door to the head.|
|I lined all the cupboards and pantry shelves with this: Easy Liner Select Grip|
If you live in a very hot & humid environment - be careful putting this stuff directly against teak, as I hear it can stick to surfaces after awhile & bond. I haven't used it against teak; my cupboards and cabinets are formica, and after a year of being loaded with pantry items and canned goods, my non-skid comes right up if I lift it. But - our temps are much cooler than, say, the Caribbean or the Florida Keys.
|Basic measurements inside the cupboards, a pair of scissors and some non skid|
|No need to tack or tape it down, since the weight of dishes|
and canned goods hold it in place.
|Rubber mouth, sealed plastic containers to cut down on weight & noise, |
and in a square body to optimize space in very limited storage.
|Excess strips of non-skid were sandwiched between cups & glasses, |
or laid between stacked pots and pans to keep the sound of bumping & clattering down.
|My friend Vicki sent me this recipe for Bourbon Strawberry Ginger cocktails|
I've altered it to be more "boat friendly". For tools, you'll need a
muddler, a measuring cup or wide mouth bowl, and a small sieve & ramekin.
|Strawberry Ginger Bourbon garnished with mint|
Back in the same, un-rinsed measuring cup or bowl, muddle 4 more strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add the sifted ginger-strawberry liquid to the ingredients in the measuring cup. (Note: if you like little bits of raw ginger, skip the straining step, and just muddle the ginger, strawberries and sugar together.)
Press the juice of half a small lemon into the strawberry & ginger mixture. Roughly about 2 teaspoons.
Add 2-3 ounces of bourbon to the ingredients in the measuring cup. Stir and pour into glasses over ice. Top off with soda water, and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
You can make these sweeter or not by altering the sugar to lemon ratio. They're incredibly fragrant, and very refreshing. A perfect sundowner on the boat. Cheers!