Yesterday I commented on the mooring ball that, by lodging itself between our hulls, was causing us to lose a bit of sleep. At slack tide last evening we adjusted our mooring lines so that they ran through an eye by the ball itself instead of the one at the end of the long pennant and I’m happy to report that it did the trick, no more ball banging on the boat.
How we’ve learned to react to sounds on our boat is quite interesting. I mentioned how loud a mooring ball banging on the hull can be. That’s definitely true but we have also become very sensitive to any sounds on our boat which are out of place, even very faint ones.
I remember vividly a week or so ago, we were anchored near a boat with dive gear on it. When the boat operators let some air out of one of their tanks (I assume that’s what they were doing), the loud hissing sound freaked us out. It was a totally new sound to us and it seemed as if it was coming from inside our boat. It didn’t take us long to figure out what had caused the noise but both Rebecca and I had jumped up to investigate.
The sounds of pumps running, compressors operating and electronics beeping have all become part of our daily existence. When those noises fall out of their normal pattern, even slightly, we take note and often have to do something about them.
The same can be said about smells on the boat, and no, I’m not talking about the head. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times we have gone looking for something burning in our boat only to realize that someone on shore has a fire going and is burning some trash. We have finally learned when this happens to first take a look towards the shore to see if there is smoke there before we start checking in the electrical cabinets. Like the out-of-place sounds on the boat, strange smells never go unnoticed or unchecked.
We’re developing extra keen senses like Samantha.