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Lake boats have that problem.
They will dissapear for the most part in the winter, then back in the spring, bad in the summer, dissapear again late fall.
1) Move your boat to a slip with little or no lights. Spiders typically come out at night and spin their webs. They are a favorite food source for Dirt Dobbers, so they typically stay hidden during the day. Does not mean I let dirt dobbers on my boat either (though they seem to invite themselves), but at least it makes you feel a little better about them knowing their dirt nests are proabably filled with spiders.
2) There is a product by Raid (I think). It is called Spider Kill. It is supposed to work for many days, but I find it is at least good for a couple. Spray the vents for your fuel, water, etc. Spray your bimini and all the dark areas. That is where they love to hide. The worst really is the vents though. You don't want them clogged up anyway. If my boat is bad, I will wait until late evening and go adventuring with my can of raid. This is probably the best way to get rid of them. Find their web, spray them, etc. Tough to get them all during the day.
3) I have no scientific basis for this one, just experience: Buy Boat Zoap (no, I did not misspell it). Z-O-A-P. In addition to being the best boat cleaning product I have found on the market, the spiders seem to hate it and continue hating it. I have (countless times) dropped a little of the foam on them and within about a minute they are wiggling and running around like crazy trying to get off the boat. Thus, I let them!! It also seems to have a bit of a lasting effect. My boat is closest to the lights in the marina and has the least spiders on it. Course, the damned dirt dobbers seem to be falling in love with it now (don't sleep with your food, I guess). Only caution with ZOAP: It chaps my hands/feet.
Hope that helps. Constant vigilance and keeping it clean - you will get rid of most of them. FYI - the brown lake spiders are ugly as sin, but they don't bite... (to the best of my knowledge). Course, when one drops in your girlfriends hair, she will probably smack you - so the reprocussions can be tough.
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