15 Apr Stop Rattling Doors
All the interior doors on Barefoot Gal have hooks to keep them “in place” — open or closed — when underway. They work great to keep the doors from slamming open and shut as we sail . . . but they still rattle.
The rattle wasn’t too bad in light air, but with any waves it was pretty annoying.
I started by stuffing rags between the doors and what they were hooked to. That worked well for the aft cabin doors.
But behind the bathroom and bedroom doors, the towels or rags would move just a little bit, and slowly slip out of position . . . and the noise would start again. I just couldn’t wedge them in tightly enough.
I remembered seeing a door stop wedge that the previous owner had left in the head. We had planned to put it out with the giveaway items, as we couldn’t figure out what it was doing on the boat. Somehow we had never had gotten rid of it.
A-ha! I stuck the door stop behind the door. The rattle stopped instantly and stayed stopped. I could shove the hard rubber wedge in tightly enough that it stayed in place. I put the flat side of the wedge against the door and the angle side against the counter.
Things that rattle are likely to wear out or break sooner than they would otherwise. But stopping all the “normal” vibration and rattle noises is important to Dave and I when underway for a couple of other reasons:
- They’re just plain annoying and get on our nerves after a while.
- If we’re doing an overnight passage, they interfere with the off-watch person getting some good sleep.
- Most importantly, they can cover up noises that are a sign of trouble.
I only found one door stop on the boat, but we needed two. I tried a few stores here in Marathon (not exactly a practical home goods mecca) but didn’t find one. On to Amazon. They have lots of different options, in various sizes, colors, materials and with some even in multi-packs:
Note: if you’re looking for a door stop, be sure to measure the distance of the gap that it has to fill. Some of the less expensive door stops aren’t very tall. You need one that’s at least 1/4″ taller than the gap and a 1/2″ taller is even better.
The rubber ones seem best — they haven’t left any marks on the wood or fiberglass and are easy to clean.