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i guess the best way to get off bird studd is with a bird hen. but what do you use for their droppings?
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If I understanding you correctly you need something to remove bird poop? A little story first: We keep our boat in Three Mile Harbor which is in East Hampton New York. A beauiful place except on one weekend in July when everyone shows up for the fireworks and for a couple of weeks in late august/early sept when we are visited by a few hundred (thousand? well alot anyway) piping plovers. They little bastards will make a mess of your decks, sailcovers, dinghy, etc in no time. Made the mistake of not going out to the boat one weekend and it was COVERED in guano. Dried on like tree sap. I was unable to find anything to remove the stains so I ordered a product called "poop off" I think the website if poopoff.com (NO, I have no economic interest in the company) I found it to work better than any other cleaner. I used it on the decks, the lines, stainless steel pulpits and on the mainsail cover. Given the severity of my problem, i sprayed it on and then covered over the spots with a wet paper towel. Let it sit for 15 mins or so and the stains came right out. As for keeping birds off the boat to begin with, I have tried everything. What hasnt worked for me: fake owls, strings of pennant flags, "scary eye" balloons. What has worked: monofilament line strung across the top of the mailsail cover wud also work on spreaders and i bot a kit that suspends the line an inch or so above pulpits (Ill find the name of it for you), plastic bags (the small white ones you get at the 7 Eleven) tied to everything you can, and a product called the jumpo birdtrainer. Good luck.
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the site is www.poop-off.com not www.poopoff.com / diapers for birds? what is this world coming to?
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I added it to my favorites, might be good to have.

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www.birdoff.com is the website for the product that protects the pulpits. fyi..
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Here’s what I’ve done. On each side of the boat I’ve ran a piece of marline from the headstay to the backstay, higher then the boom. More pieces run along the sheer from the headstay toggle to the shroud toggles and from there to the stern cleats. These are put on quite taught. Starting amidships I rove marline up and down between the upper and lower pieces, spread about a foot apart with a clove hitch at each turn. It takes quite a bit of work to get the tensions all even and fair for and aft.

Another thing was that I installed small brass hooks at each end of the main pieces so that the thing is “easily removable”, but I haven’t experimented with that process as of yet. I suppose I’m going to run into quite a rat’s nest when I come in from my next sail!

I’m getting pretty good protection, from the gulls anyway, but the smaller birds still get in. Fortunately, guano amounts are relative to bird size! I plan to leave my boat on her mooring for the better part of the winter and it will be interesting to see just how effective my “gull net” will be when their roosting spots thin out.
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