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I've also seen those owls covered in guano... I think the birds figure it out eventually.
I wonder if they actively use guano as a test? Anything covered in guano is safe lodgings.
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When I bought my boat there was an inflatable snake aboard. "What the hell?" I wondered. Then I read on sailnet that it's to scare birds. I was sceptical, but I put it on the boom. No poop since then.
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Hey star !! Does that fake snake realy scare away seagulls ? I am in Port Jeff Harbor and being crapped out.

Do you put the snake on the boom like it is crawling, or do you have it on deck or on a cockpit seat? Or is it hanging from the end of the boom ?

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Paul, the snake is large, over 3' and S-shaped. I lash it on top of the covered mainsail. No droppinigs from gulls or cormorants.
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Well...that didn't last long. Went out today, and MORE POO! Though, not too much and it was fairly fresh (easy to clean off).

So, snakes are next in the bird war.

I festooned the boat with more streamers, ran lines strategically over the boom and across in weird places, and moved Roger (the plastic owl my wife named) back to the lower spreader where he was before. I had him hoisted higher. We'll see.

Now to find a rubber snake.
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Oh...and no matter how much you clean, rinse and clean...as soon as you put away your cleaning stuff, you'll find more poo. I especially like it on the lines...so when I'm hauling a halyard or sheet...mmmmmm....
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Just be glad it's only poo you're dealing with... a buddy of mine has his 38' Down East in Milford Harbor across the sound from Port Jeff, and there are countless boats nearby that the windex brackets are bent down at 45 deg angles from large birds roosting on them.
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I used to have problems with birds on my boat too, but they haven't been bothering me lately...

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Update

Well, went out for the first time in a week yesterday, and...NO POO.

Last time, I added more streamers and ran lines over the boom, and decorated the Owl (my wife has named Roger) with "hair" (orange streamers on his head).

Dunno if that did it, or the osprey has just moved on...either way, NO SCRUBBING.

Takes me about 5 mins to set up and tear down each time...better than the hour it took to scrub & rinse.

Next year, I adding a couple large rubber snakes for good measure.

Some pics of the first round of the battle (before I added more).
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Though I didn't have "mother nature" as a delivery system, I did have my young son throwing pomegranates at my '76 Venture 25 which left some very tenacious stains. After trying several things I found Clorox toilet bowl cleaner and soft brush to work quite well. Splash the stuff on (it has the consistency of a pasty dishwashing liquid), let it work for a minute or so, then brush. A few repeats with a rinse in between got the stains out and left the gel coat. A bit of turtle wax and we were ready to go.
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