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Keeping Seagulls of the boat

I am on a swing mooring and have had problems with seagulls and other sea birds roosting on the boat, leaving bird droppings all over, what a mess!. I have tried various solutions without success. Recently I purchase a "hawk bird scarer" which is a plastic replica of an attacking Goshawk. I suspend it between the mast and backstay, the effect has been fantastic, an almost totally clean boat from bird droppings. If you have this problem try this it works.
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Another thing to do is tie thin fishing line about three-to-four inches above the spreaders. It helps prevent the birds from roosting on them.
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A couple plastic snakes positioned on the deck helped my father-in-law, he said the birds became too used to the owls that everyone else was using. Snakes keep his boat pretty clean.
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A couple of weeks ago a seagull must have landed on our masthead, beside/under the windex tab. It pushed the tab up which then jammed the windex. After fixing it, someone came by and suggested a circular wire bale on the post of the windex would keep birds off the masthead. Haven't tried it yet but may give it a go.
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Re: Keeping Seagulls of the boat

Try the Marine Scaem offered by Scarem Limited at Bird Scaring Kites | Hawk Kites | Scare'm The Self Launching Bird Scaring Kite!
It really works and is virtually maintenance free
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Re: Keeping Seagulls of the boat

I put electrical ties on the spreader every 3-4 inches with their "tails" pointing upward. Worked really well and inexpensive. Just a thought.
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