Practical Boat Tips: Noodles to stop cups rattling

Jude Binder has more than forty years experience finishing and maintaining vessels and fine timber furniture. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. She learnt how to organize, victual, and manage a ship by living continuously afloat for sixteen years educating her two sons while sailing to over eighty countries.

In 2005 Jack and Jude completed a total refit of Banyandah after removing the existing accommodation and machinery. Although she had been a near perfect cruiser, she had been worn out from her many thousands of miles while raising two children afloat.

This refit gave us the opportunity to implement improvements learnt over those years. Since that refit another great chunk of sea miles have passed under her keel and once again she has proven to be a very safe easily worked ship. The best, easiest to implement ideas are illustrated inside this volume.

Get rid of those annoying rattles and clunks.

Apart from being a great aid for swimming lessons, there are many good places to use pool noodles.

Cut it quickly with a breadknife.

It’s not necessary to cut it exactly to size.

The noodle compresses so it can be pressed into the space.

70 mm diameter noodle fits most cups, mugs and glasses.

1/ Position mugs on the shelf.

2/ Mark around the outside leaving enough space for the handles.

3/ Cut 30 mm slices. Centre and glue down with contact.

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