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Old 01-12-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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Furniture at sea!

I'm an old sailor new to Trawlering. While looking for a boat I have noticed mant trawlers in the pics have lots of what looks like loose furniture that will go wild when at sea!! lol So is there secret tie downs hidden in the walls or what is the remedy?
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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intracoastal....waves bigger than 6 inches are wakes from bad boaters...


like anything on a biat, if expecting bad seas, tie it down....but you might be suprised at how rolly it has to be to move some furniture.....then again...mant trawlers are pretty rolly.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:13 PM   #3
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Fell over in a dining-room chair on a nearly 1000-foot-long ship due to ocean waves. What's the odds in a toy trawler?
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I'm an old sailor new to Trawlering. While looking for a boat I have noticed mant trawlers in the pics have lots of what looks like loose furniture that will go wild when at sea!! lol So is there secret tie downs hidden in the walls or what is the remedy?
Most of the time the waters I am on are relatively flat. When they aren't, I don't want furniture sliding around. I have a factory supplied coffee table that North Pacific makes for its boats. It is heavy and very stable. However, I once was in water so rough that even it tipped over. The big issue is keeping furniture from sliding.
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Only rarely does the loose furniture get tossed around. Very noisy in the galley as well!

We've taken to toss-proofing the loose stuff when things get bouncy. Best to have furniture that's easy to lay on their sides, roll up the carpets, etc.

The advantages of loose, arrangeable stuff the other hundreds of hours aboard outweighs the inconvenience of a few moments attention. If it were more than just a few moments effort, then arranging places to affix bungee cords might make it a little higher on the priorities list.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:08 PM   #6
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I've experienced wakes in calm waters that would throw anyone out of a loose chair. Loose furniture belongs in the marina.
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Furniture at sea!

By experience, even on calm waters, before going I attach or toss anything that could fly away. I am cruising on a river and it occurred that my wife was falling from her flybridge helm seat because of a bloody idiot waking us in his big fat cruiser at the worst moment. The most dangerous was coming from our kitchen knives block that was thrown away when a 45 feet express cruiser choose to go on port at 12 feet from us at full speed. We found 2 knives stuck in the wood floor! Fortunately we were not in the galley.
Long story short, anything not locked down is a potential bullet.

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:32 PM   #8
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Why not install some tie points ???

so all this stuff would not move and endanger life and limb????and so the crew could pay attention to seakeeping and all??????
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Furniture and Trawlers

Some boats I have seen have little built -in furniture and lots of loose furniture
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:55 PM   #10
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geoleo, no secrets to it. Padeyes, landyards, cloves hitches and half hitches.
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geoleo,
I am ex-merchant marine---I have the same observations, I guess that's why these engines have so few hours.
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I, too, came to power boating from sailing and the very notion of loose furniture (and table lamps! and little sculptures of dolphins! and baskets of fruit on the dining table!) still seems unnatural. My converted fishing boat is perhaps more "rustic" than the luxe trawlers that many folks have and is set up more like a sailboat in that there's nothing loose that could come adrift in a seaway. That suits me, and served me well on my delivery cruise through breaking 5-foot seas.

But I know that most of the power vessels at local marinas (excepting the fishing boats) don't go out in a blow. While it doesn't suit me, I'm sure that my wife would enjoy a luxury interior filled with cushy furniture and baubles.

I see it as sort of like the phenomenon of soccer moms who drive their 4x4 SUVs to the mall. They'll never use the vehicles to their potential...will never take them off pavement...but that's OK. To each his own.
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geoleo, no secrets to it. Padeyes, landyards, cloves hitches and half hitches.


When the dog starts to slide across the floor it is time to come up 15 degrees.
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I have loose furniture. 20 foot swells and 8 foot waves dose cause it to travel a few inches but it doesn’t get tossed around. I can read a weather map so anything worse than that I can easily avoid.

I would feel different if I crossed oceans vs coastal cruising.
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We have recliners in our salon because that is what is comfortable. We have them on an area carpet that has a nonskid pad under it. They have not moved in 6í waves crossing Lake Ontario so I think we are good. That is one criteria that would rule out a boat for us is built in furniture in the salon.
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We have recliners in our salon because that is what is comfortable. We have them on an area carpet that has a nonskid pad under it. They have not moved in 6í waves crossing Lake Ontario so I think we are good. That is one criteria that would rule out a boat for us is built in furniture in the salon.
I love built in furniture, and so do many others. Not only keeps chairs from flying around but provides voluminous storage and space for machinery and vents. Many high end new boats are with built ins, especially those intended for blue water.

Yes, I have been in rough water that would cause the Ekonos to go flying. It's how and where we cruise.
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Free standing furniture is far more comfortable to use. The PO told me to always lie the salon table down before leaving the dock. I did that until I fitted stabilisers. Things hardly ever move around now.

A lot of built-in stuff is even less comfortable than an airport departure lounge and is best avoided. Of course done well it can be acceptable along one side of the salon. To enjoy being on the boat the salon should be as comfortable as your lounge at home.
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I would think judicious placement of screw in eyelets and rope or strong bungeees could make a big difference here.
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It takes very very little to secure furniture to walls and floors with simple hook and eyes. Prevents it from gaining any momentum.
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My cruising grounds donít see flat water very often. Everything has to be well secured. Iíve also beefed up the hold down brackets on the fuel tanks, hot water tank, and anything that could come loose. Loose batteries can easily sink a boat.
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