Stopping a tethered dingy rubbing against the yacht and / or making slapping noises
Depending on conditions dinghies tethered to the stern of a yacht can make a lot of slapping noise in a chop or rub up or butt against the yacht itself at other times.
A simple way to keep crockery secure and quiet
A boat in motion is not a friendly habitat for crockery. It needs to be stowed in secure and tailored seats to prevent it falling about and breaking. These seats need to be tight if not tailored to the specific crockery. Otherwise crockery slide and shuffle about. On a long rolling leg this can be hard on the nerves, particularly so for off watch crew who are trying to rest down below.
Stopping anchor chain 'crunch and grind' in the bow roller
In a stiff breeze or chop a yacht tends to press astern lifting up the weight of chain between the vessel and the anchor. Once the chain is pulled taught the links in the chocks snap tight grinding and crunching.
Quietening 'shackle crack' when sailing in light airs
Light air sailing can cause reverberating snapping of shackles as the wind fills and un-fills from the sails. This is particularly the case if the vessels main sail blocks were attached by shackles as was the case in our vessel.
Preventing blocks banging upon the decks when sailing in light airs
Light air sailing can cause blocks to lift and crash down on decks as the wind fills and un-fills from the sails.
How to quieten crockery, glasses, tins, jars and bottled provisions for long passages
A vessel afloat is in constant motion, especially so during passages. On the move stored items tend to rattle and slap noisily making it difficult to rest below decks.