If you enjoy boating, you’re probably well aware that birds such as seagulls, cormorants, and even pigeons love using masts, spreaders and canvases as waterfront perches. It’s a situation that happens all too often: a boat owner plans to take the vessel out for a day of enjoyment, only to find it covered in bird droppings. Some boat owners are finding themselves spending a significant amount of time cleaning up before
- Snow fencing works wonders. It is far easier to clean up than fishing line, and is very cheap. Take regular snow fencing double it up to get the width right, and use standard clothesline (1/4″ nylon) threaded through the holes to anchor it in four places. Snap shackles can be bought to make it easier to put on and take off.
- Remember to keep birds in mind when winterizing your boat. An undisturbed boat in a marina can become a favorite perch or winter home for resident bird species. Taping a plastic bag over the ends of your mast (if you unstep the mast for the winter) and boom will keep birds out.
- While it does not prevent birds from landing in the first place, keeping your boat well waxed will help prevent damage from bird droppings.