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Yesterday I was putting some Cetol on the teak toe rail of our boat which is moored about a quarter mile from land in the Hudson River. The boat has been moored for over 2 months yet there are always ship's spiders. Not big ones but spiders none the less. They never really bother me and they do eat other insects so they must be doing some service for me and the boat.
One problem area for boats in the north east (and I suspect everywhere) is water fowl (sea gulls mostly). If they take to your boat (sitting on the spreaders, decks, anywhere) they leave behind their calling card: guano. These birds do not like loose lines and things that flap in the wind though (leave halyards slightly loose). Some motor boats that are moored in my LI Sound anchorage use those strings of colorful plastic flags to repel the birds. Yet I have seen a motor boat with its canvas cover and 'Grand Opening' flags covered with sea gulls if the wind is not up. It is like a sea gull party complete with flags and guano; all that is missing is the mirrored disco ball.
Speaking of this, I have seen people use CD's (computer discs), the shiny ones tied and suspended that seem to unnerve the birds.
Where in the north east are you?
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