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Triton Survey comments on yacht noise onboard


Here are some tips that captains and crew offered for dealing with noise onboard:

  • Walk softly, keep voice down, open and close doors gently.
  • Close doors by turning the handle so the latch does not make harsh noises.
  • Crew members must be careful and conscientious toward other crew in communal spaces.
  • Everyone needs to respect each other and their spaces.
  • Set rules for noise control.
  • Educate all crew members to your vessel’s unique acoustical character. It’s easier to work with your boat than to rebuild it.
  • Put rules in place to limit crew activity during charter.
  • Regular crew meetings and adopting systems to minimise the crew noise.
  • Noise and vibrations have causes. Eliminate them in the build process.
  • Get off the boat as much as you can to stay sane.
  • Sit, stand and visit the guest areas, and look, listen and feel that noise from their perspective to really understand what it sounds like.
  • Use earplugs to sleep. My stateroom is right under a set of exterior teak steps. Had the designer flipped the room around, it would be much better.
  • Normal noises usually become white noise and ignored, but one should always be alert for a different sound or noise they aren’t accustomed to and investigate immediately. It could mean the difference between stopping something before it starts or dealing with the aftermath of something ignored.

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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