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Marine Gremlins?

OK now, we all know that if some squeeling brat on an airplane gets too loud, the gremlins will hear the sound of fresh tender meat and tear into the plane in order to get it. Or, if the plane is too pretty, or the gremlins don't have cable tv, or any one of a hundred other reasons, they'll tear into a plane.

So when you see critical parts chewed off and odd things fail, you just know it was gremlins.

Now, what about boats? Gremlins mess up planes. Airboats, maybe, flying boats, maybe. After all, if it gets into the clouds who knows what might find it.

But boats? Sailboats? Just what DO we properly call those nasty critters that look and act just like gremlins, but obviously can't fly, don't live in the clouds, and like to mess up our boats instead of planes?

I know that tossing a goodly libation to Aeolus and Poseidon will usually keep the nasties off the boat, but if I knew better what to CALL them, I'm sure that would also help.
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Re: Marine Gremlins?

Generally I call 'em rats.

something chewed a 3 inch hole in my RIB's tube over the winter and made a nest.

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Re: Marine Gremlins?

If, for examle, you loose a servo rudder off your steering in the middle of the night, or there are mysterious scratches through your bottom paint, consider a kraken.
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Re: Marine Gremlins?

Rats not withstanding, I think you've got it right; boat gremlins.
Warning; THERE IS NOT DEFENSE! They come and go as they please and seem to have a penchant for causing us stress.
I've tried garlic, prayers, pleading, deals, silver crucifixes and even have salt water (a salt circle?) surrounding the boat, to no avail. I once tried maintenance, but that was too much work.

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Re: Marine Gremlins?

There was a troll lurking on Freya (as befitting a Norske boat) when we first took possession of her. We found that it loved to live in the most inaccessible parts imaginable. Occasionally it would create mischief like messing with the steering gear or playing with the electronics. Sometimes for spite, it would loosen the packing gland just enough to puddle up water under the companionway steps. For the better part of a year, we chased that troll from the extreme bow to stern and parts in between where it was almost impossible to get your hand into, let alone a wrench. We finally chased it off the boat and I am happy to say we’ve been troll free these past thirteen years. I just hope those fancy troll guards I got mail order from Norway for the mooring lines keep doing their job.

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Don't feed them after midnight............really bad news
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Ahhhh, those be snorkel snoids me thinks

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