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When you get back to the dock, place the bat box on a high piling next to the boat. They'll stay with the box and keep the entire area around your boat bug free.
If you do move the box, make sure you orient it (with respect to the sun) the same way as it originally was.
They are amazing creatures that consume their entire body weight in flying insects every night.
They are amazing, but that's a bit of an exaggeration. Most species eat something on the order of a third of their body mass in insects every 24 hours. This is about on a par with most small homeothermic (="warm blooded") critters, most of their energy intake goes toward keeping them warm. Thermoregulation and energy intake is such a problem in bats that most species actually "hibernate" (officially, torpor), rather than simply sleep, every day to conserve energy.
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