Wave-Slap Noise Preventer
a picture of my Wave-Slap Noise Preventer. It shows
the two panels laid out flat and the pockets into which
I placed two swim-noodles each. There are three small
lines that connect the two panels together and also three
small lines on the top of each panel to connect to stanchions
on the deck. This allows the panels to be pulled
into place so that the noodle-pockets lay tightly under
the chine at the water line. This arrangement eliminates
the wave-slap noise.
I had a canvas man sew up the panels
and put in the pockets and grommets. Any sailmaker can
easily make these panels and, of course, the swim-noodles
are available widely. I would estimate the total cost
around $400 including all components and the lines for
The length of each panel is 5' 8".
This length accommodates a standard swim noodle. The width
at the stern end is 24" and at the bow end is 18".
The noodle pocket can be pretty much centered in each
panel. It should be made so that the swim noodles fit
tightly in the pocket. One end of the pocket should just
be "tacked" so that the noodles can be removed
if you want to inspect them or dry them out. I have not
had to remove mine yet. There should be 3 grommets on
each side of each panel.
I am of the opinion that one size probably
will fit all Nordic Tugs with the possible exception of
the 26. I sized it so that there is about 2 ft on either
side of the point where the waterline intersects with
the hard chine. Therefore, I think the coverage would
work well on a 32 or 42 just as well as it does on my
N/T 37-106, Sea Mischief