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c40eb 09-10-2009 09:51 AM

Bird poo sux - pix of deterrent
So, a few weeks ago, my wife and I were returning to our mooring after a great sail, and witnessed an osprey let fly on our neighbor's beautiful wooden boat. He (the bird) was sitting on a spreader, lifted up his tail feathers and let fly with a fire hose jet of poo. Unbelievable...had to have emptied half his body.

We kind of chuckled, in awe, joking a little...and thanking the gods that it wasn't our boat.

Well, we laughed too soon. The next time out to the boat, I discovered an osprey had decided to switch stalls (probably out of tp on the other boat).

I spent an hour scrubbing, cursing, rinsing, cursing, scrubbing. Plus, we're on a mooring, so no fresh water rinsing. Salt dries and encrusts...lovely. Contrary to earlier in the season, it's been rain-less and poo. AND BOTH STINK!

Well, after a few more times spending an hour scrubbing, I decided to try to scare him off.

I heard the plastic owls don't work after a while, but figured I'd try that. Keep moving him around the boat so it seems as if he's actually somewhat real. Plus fluttering ribbon to show movement and hopefully, convince him to roost elsewhere. I used tarp clips and tied orange marking tape in long streamers. Easy to clip on and remove.

I adorned the boat last Sunday, and when I went out yesterday, it was clean! So far, so good.

I'll report on long term later...

Osprey deterrent pictures by norsksailor - Photobucket

Faster 09-10-2009 10:04 AM

I've also seen those owls covered in guano... I think the birds figure it out eventually.

To discourage spreader perching a thin line or stainless wire strung about 2-3 inches above the spreader between mast and shroud is usually enough to make it difficult for most birds to land there.

"Spike boards" of one type or another can be applied to radomes and mastheads (though tough there with all the other things already up there) can do the same... kind of unsightly, though...

In this regard, I HATE blackberry season.....:mad:

c40eb 09-10-2009 10:07 AM

Thanks...when the mast goes up next spring, I'll string line between the shrouds and mast.
YEAH! Damn berries...nice stains.

I actually saw him sitting on the lifelines once. Jerk.

JohnRPollard 09-10-2009 12:13 PM

I feel your pain -- been there more than once. Also on a mooring.

They especially seem to like perching on the mainsail cover, where they tear their fish apart while eating, strewing scales, guts, eyeballs, bones, etc all over the deck.

Over the years, we've found that the key is to make your boat slightly less convenient than your neighbor's as a roosting/feeding spot.

In your case, I would string a line over the boom, from the mast back to the topping lift, maybe a foot or so above the boom. This makes it very difficult for them to land on/takeoff from the boom, so they don't perch there. Same with your halyards -- set them up so as to interfere with the "airspace" around your boat as much as possible, which makes it difficult for them to fly up to any part of your boat.

Good luck!

chappyonice 09-10-2009 12:16 PM

Maine Sail 09-10-2009 12:21 PM

I was in Friendship Harbor last week and took a couple of photos of your boat and you're definitely LOSING the bird battle.:puke It killed me to see just how white your beautiful navy blue canvas was.... Ouch!!! I was hoping to see you there but it was mid day, mid week and we only stopped in for lunch.

P.S. The West side of Gay Island possibly has the most pot buoys I've seen in a while!!!

c40eb 09-10-2009 12:27 PM

Ah...yeah...thinking of bringing the dodger & sailcover home to scrub them. But, I'm waiting to see how well my deterrents work.

Maine...too bad I missed you...I would have come down. I am less than 5 mins from the harbor. Work from home, so was probably here.

Send a note next time you'll be in the area.

Sailed yesterday (managed to get out early as there was NO POO to scrub!). Should be sailing today...the wind is great! But, I gotta work sometime.

Stupid work...interfering with my sailing time.

c40eb 09-10-2009 12:29 PM

Oh, thanks for the pic of all the poo. :rolleyes:

I took some for posterity, but dumped them as I have to watch my blood pressure.

Maine Sail 09-10-2009 07:21 PM


Originally Posted by c40eb (Post 521285)
Oh, thanks for the pic of all the poo. :rolleyes:

I took some for posterity, but dumped them as I have to watch my blood pressure.

I would have never posted it had you not brought it up....:laugher;)

Omatako 09-11-2009 01:39 AM

Sea gulls are scared of owls

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