Just listen. It’s pretty noisy here today!
Our anchorage is presently bathed in sunshine, a nice change from the rain that we’ve grown accustomed to lately. So far today we’ve been spared a bunch of rain, save for a sprinkle or two a bit earlier. Even though the sun is shining, the wind is quite gusty. In fact, the forecast indicates that it may get even more windy here today, and some rain is due too. In other words, it’s another great day to stay put.
Wind makes more than waves!
While even non-boaters can easily imagine the uncomfortable motion that bad weather can inflict upon a boat, most people do not fully grasp the noise that typically accompanies it. Turn up your volume and play the following video. I recorded it just a few moments ago.
Listening to this video, what you’ll probably hear the most is some of the running rigging banging on the mast. I had the camera pretty close to the mast step, so it is loud! Even though I have secured all of the halyards off the mast so that they can’t bang, and tied a number of the whisker pole control lines away from the mast so that they can’t hit it either, we still get this kind of noise in gusty conditions. In addition to that, what you probably can’t hear as well but we definitely can, there is noise resulting from the wind blowing past the standing rigging, the wind generator spinning, and our shade canvas flapping. In other words, it’s pretty noisy here today, and this is just a normal gusty day, nothing even close to a storm.