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Old 05-08-2010   #11
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[QUOTE=davidpm;601923]You think you got problems. Look what I've got to deal with!!
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Man, I've been to Monterey and heard about them actually sinking boats and there is nothing the owner can do about it, and to think that they probably came up from Mexico illegally!
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Had the same problem a few years ago. I also let them grow up and fly away. Doesn't take long...

Thanks for being kind to the birds.

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there is another idea

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I love the way you all have such a great sense of humor.

At least birds will grow up and fly away. I still have a 1950's era fiberglass 14' day sailor that I keep in the woods way out on Long Island. The poor boat suffers most from disuse and the creatures of the woods called it home more then I did.
One season while getting her ready for some day sailing I found that a family of mice from the woods had set up shop in the boat. They seemed to like the styrofoam chunks that had been placed under and around the edges of the boat for flotation as they had chewed into it mightily. I chased as many of the little furry buggers off the boat as I could while painting and varnishing it. Once we launched the boat and my girl friend and I were out for a sail on a small bay near the Peconics we discovered that there was at least one little bugger still hiding out in the false bottom that was filling up with sea water - rats leaving a sinking ship except this was a mouse. I guess I bailed him over the side and felt a pang of regret for the poor woodland creature as it swam mightily for some point of land many yards away. I will never know if that mouse became a meal for a hungry blue fish or finally reached land with still new dangers for a small wet mouse to face.
In theory the boat was mine but it lived in the woods which the mice also lived in. Birds will eventually leave the nest but mice will call it home.
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At least you don't have Fiberglass eating termites....
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As a quick fix I stuck and empty water bottle in the end of the boom. Figured I'd find something better but actually the bottle works best. Keeps the birds out and is difficult to see.
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Here's one of 'em checking on the kids:



When I walk out on the dock in the moring I can hear 'em chirping in the boom, if I step on the boat they get real quiet.

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Well - here is my reason for being late getting ready to launch:

1 - Twigs in my cockpit - and now I know why



2 - She is holding fort!



3 - Hatched at last



4 - doubled in size in three days



Hopefully gone by the weekend - that will give me four days to get ready!

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You think you got problems. Look what I've got to deal with!!
Geez, can't they read the boat's data plate? That boat is rated for no more than three sea lions. And it looks like one is illegally riding the bow.

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Had the same problem a few years ago. I also let them grow up and fly away.
You had flying sea lions on your boat?
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On our first boat, after cleaning out the boom when this happened to us, I had a small plush bear in the car and stuffed it in feet first. It became our 'boom bear' and we used it a lot longer than we ever planned, some days stuffing it head first (it became a novelty on the pier and did the job.) On our current boat, we use the wide silver metal repair tape to close the end of the boom, which is easy enough to remove (and replace) when we need access.
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