Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
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Dealing with Spiders?
Maybe this problem is unique to the Great Lakes, but Spider Season has hit, a little late this year but making it up in volume.
Every year at some point during the summer, the number of spiders on the boat shifts from a few webs in obvious places to "OMG! They're Everywhere!" And they're big, nasty, juicy suckers too.
They stay almost exclusively on the rigging and deck hardware (rather than the cabin), but it causes chaos in the cockpit when I, say, adjust the topping lift and half a dozen spiders drop into the cockpit. And we won't even get into the eight-legged rain from unfurling the jib if I don't get out for a week.
I've never been bitten, but I do get sick of the webs, the critters themselves, and the dirt/carcasses/bird crap that they attract to the boat.
I've tried cleaning them off, but twenty-four hours later, it looks just the same. I'm on a mooring so firing up the hose is not an option and going after it with a wet brush is of limited effectiveness as well.
Do others have similar problems? If so, how do you handle it?
1972 C&C 35' Mk I
Belmont Harbor, Chicago, IL