Cockpit speakers and anchorage noise

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  1. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,093 posts, 1,817 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    one of the best parts of the great lakes is endless places to anchor alone.

    i love the wild places

  2. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,093 posts, 1,817 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    ..... or docking

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  3. JamesG161


    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    3,664 posts, 1,347 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    We did that too and the Party Boat upped the volume and started dancing under the spotlight.

    I guess it was their time to party!!!:clap::dancing::ass:

    Oh well..
    Be excellent to each other and..
    Party on Dudes...


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  4. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    We were anchored early one morning with several other boats waiting for the lock to open into the Dismal Swamp when one skipper stepped on deck with bagpipes and entertained us all with a nice medley. At other marinas on the ICW, heading to Florida, he would perform each morning and was greatly appreciated.
    We play Jimmy Buffet and Izzy (Hawaiian) on the cockpit speakers, but only loud enough for us to hear them. If it gets late and one boat is too loud with music or generator, I would think about putting a spotlight on the offending vessel. If enough boats did the same, it could shame the offenders. At least that worked in some campgrounds I was in.

  5. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,747 posts, 1,735 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    No surprise, crowded anchorages are rare for us on the coast of Maine. I'm reminded of that when I cruise in Southern New England. The worst noise in crowded anchorages are engines and generators running to charge batteries.

    When it happens, most folks only run them during mid day when other noises, outboards etc, fill the air. About an hour engine charging usually is the max for sailboats, hopefully less. After enduring an hour or so of a nearby engine or generator running, it's amazing how wonderfully quiet the anchorage is when it is shut down.

    Big mobo's can be the worst noise makers often running generators at all hours. You take that into account anchoring(or not and moving on).

    I can't recall the last time we were bothered by loud music. We don't have speakers in the cockpit or down below. If we have music onboard it's through a blue tooth speaker like a Bose mini.

    We all make some noise. We have two dogs and occasionally something will set them off, but we'll be right on it to quiet them down. I'd hate to bother anyone else's peace.

    We spend many overnights every season, like this.
    Anchored at dusk (1 of 1) copy.jpg
    Dusk and dawn - especially dawn, are the witching hours for me to enjoy the stillness on the water at anchor. It's amazing what you can see and hear in a secluded anchorage if you're still.

  6. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,681 posts, 2,633 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    When we first got chickens, it turned out that 4of them turned into roosters. Like all my closest neighbors, I live on a 5+ acre lot. I can just see the white house next door through the trees in the Fall. When those roster started to crow, they cared not for daylight hours. Through the logs of my home they were pretty muted. No complaints from the white house either.
    I walked over one day.
    "Will, what can I do for you?"
    "Nothing really, Rusty. I just came over to see how loud my roosters are from over here."
    Rusty's wife walked out to say 'hi' just then. "Oh, they are driving us nuts." She told me.
    "I'm sorry about that. Give me a couple of days to figure out what to do about it."
    Two days later, there was fresh chicken in our freezer. They didn't bother us, no way am I going to live knowing how our neighbors felt.

    -Will (Dragonfly)

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  7. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    749 posts, 402 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    I'm not bothered by wind gens, or slapping halyards. Loud music can get to me if it runs too late, especially if I don't like it, and droning gensets can also be upsetting if thy run on too long. But the worst, IMHO is being downwind of a smelly engine or cigar smoker.
    One day we were anchored and another trimaran came in that looked like my prior boat. Sure enough it was, and I told my wife we should go over and introduce ourselves (it wasn't the person I sold it to, he had moved on to his next). I was going to bring an offering of food or wine but she said "what if we don't like them?". I said "I'm sure we can find something to chat about, the only people I automatically don't like are cigar smokers". We pulled up in our dinghy and the owner greeted us wearing a wife-beater t-shirt, clenching a big cigar, sporting a smile full of badly stained teeth. :eek: We stayed in the dinghy and made small talk just long enough to allow for a polite retreat. My wife laughed at me after.

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  8. Kermit


    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Obviously you had not named them. Once you name them it’s hard to eat them.

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  9. Daveinet


    Joined Sep 20, 2014
    1,036 posts, 221 likes
    Rob Legg RL24
    US Chain O'Lakes
    Since I never sleep on the boat, I'm never bothered by loud music. I use a Bluetooth speaker, so the sound from my boat doesn't travel far.
    Many years ago, I lived in an apartment. We had obnoxious neighbors below us. One very effective solution was to figure out what station they were listening to, and play the same station with one little catch, I played it through my 3 head cassette deck, so there was a slight delay. They'd change stations, so then I changed stations. Shortly after that, they gave up and turned it off. Apparently hearing every bass note twice was quite annoying. They did learn to listen to CD's after that. Eventually I upgraded my stereo, and they got very careful after that. I measured sustained SPL of 120 db @ 10 feet playing pipe organ music. We were always considerate. We knew what kind of cars they drove, so we would always make sure they were not home before airing out the system.

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  10. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    So true. One of our chicks turned out to be a rooster. The crowing didn't bother us so much as his chasing the dogs around and just taking over the whole yard. He had been named Doris or something, and the grandchildren liked him, so no chicken dinner. We brought him upcountry where a lot of feral chickens live, and let him go. I'm sure with a name like Doris he became one tough rooster.

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  11. Davidasailor26


    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,727 posts, 441 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    I've never really been bothered by music or other noise pollution, except one repeat offender I remember from when I was a kid. Across them river from our marina was a boat yard with all old wooden power boats. There was one old Egg Harbor whose owner decided every nice Saturday evening was the right time to exercise his engines. Many years went by when I didn't see that boat leave its slip once, but for about an hour a week, right around dinner time and sunset, he would start both of his badly muffled engines and rev them intermittently. It was always a tremendous feeling of relief when he shut them down, but we always wondered why he just wanted to run the engines without going anywhere, and why he had to do it right at that time of day.

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  12. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    3,172 posts, 792 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    The best way to avoid noise is to try to be out there when others are not. But sometimes that does not even work. I've sat perfectly alone at a remote anchorage, in the middle of a weekday, in less than perfect weather, when some other boater will come in, drop barely 200 ft away from me and after a few minutes turn on the tunes in the cockpit, then go below. You got me. I don't know what these people think:doh:. If it goes on long enough I'll shout over and ask to turn it down or off. Sometimes they do.

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  13. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,681 posts, 2,633 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Go Saints!

    -Will ("who dat?", Dragonfly)

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  14. justsomeguy


    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,936 posts, 1,196 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Don't be too sure of that.

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  15. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,324 posts, 4,156 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    One way to deal with anchorage noise pollution is to go sailing when others aren’t.

    2019 Extreme Winter Adventure.
    Got a wee bit more than anticipated but fun all the same.

    We were pretty much alone with nature. The occasional seal broke the surface to check us out, or the local Eagle would sail over the bay as we entered.

    Sucia Island -mooring ball

    Saturna Island - dock. Nearest party was the local pub about 70 yards away.

    Annette Inlet-anchored “Sound of snow falling on Cedars”

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  16. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,646 posts, 1,199 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    A friend of mine used to name their chicks "The Colonel", "McNuggets" etc so the kids knew not to get too attached to them.

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  17. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,681 posts, 2,633 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    My wife named the first three meat birds we got, Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner.

    -Will (Dragonfly)

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  18. DayDreamer41


    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,333 posts, 664 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    @Will Gilmore I can tell your wife is a real sensitive kind of woman.......o_O

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  19. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,681 posts, 2,633 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    My father assumes that all women who aren't on Fox News are liberal. He was talking my wife one day saying, "I know what I'm going to get you for a present. A gun. You should have a pistol for home defense."
    My wife, who adores the Old Man, but also knows how to give as well as he can, said, "I would love that. Yes, you should get me a gun."
    So now, she owns a shiny silver 38 revolver.
    She is the only daughter of her parent's five children. They are from old New England farmers and they all hunt. I won't let my wife do the killing when it comes time to process our birds because I don't want her to have that memory to live with. Besides, what if she took to it?
    She has a gun and I do the dishes, vacuum, shovel snow, laundry, and kill the chickens.
    It's all about survival. ;)

    -Will (Dragonfly)

  20. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,423 posts, 315 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    When I took my wife to the range for the first time, she scored 5 bullseyes out of 5 shots. I have been a good boy. She now owns a .357 Magnum, so I am even gooder.

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