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02-02-2009 10:19 PM
ckgreenman hehe. ya. I'm surprised they were ever made non-biodegradable.
02-02-2009 07:15 PM
sailboy21
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Originally Posted by ckgreenman View Post
Perfect. I will tell the guy who knows a guy that I heard about about these right away. Things like that just make sense.
02-02-2009 05:58 PM
ckgreenman
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Originally Posted by sailboy21 View Post
Yes. But the bald eagles finish the job by attempting to perch on it...


BTW: Probably not kosher with a lot of PETA & tree hugger types but I have heard of a guy who knew a guy that had reasonable success shooting birds with airsoft guns. The bald eagles don't stick around when people are present on the boat, but for pigeons it works wonders (doesn't harm them, so I am told). I'm sure they feel guilty about little plastic projectiles in the water so I beleive they limit their work to semi-auto only. They probably figure the plastic pollution this method produces is offset by the decreased use in environmentally unfriendly deck cleaners. Of course this only works if you are a liveaboard or on your boat every day. And, probably not a good idea to use any of the airsoft guns intended to look like real guns... at least for you down south types.
Here's the cure for the plastic projectiles:

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02-02-2009 04:18 PM
sailboy21
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Originally Posted by capttb View Post
The birds don't bother it for a few years, then they start pecking little pieces out of the tail until the whole tail is gone. My theory is that the salt builds up and the birds peck at that, my dockmate thinks the paint wears off and the birds peck at the moving shiney spots. How about someone in freshwater, does your wind indicator disappear from the tail forward ?
Yes. But the bald eagles finish the job by attempting to perch on it...


BTW: Probably not kosher with a lot of PETA & tree hugger types but I have heard of a guy who knew a guy that had reasonable success shooting birds with airsoft guns. The bald eagles don't stick around when people are present on the boat, but for pigeons it works wonders (doesn't harm them, so I am told). I'm sure they feel guilty about little plastic projectiles in the water so I beleive they limit their work to semi-auto only. They probably figure the plastic pollution this method produces is offset by the decreased use in environmentally unfriendly deck cleaners. Of course this only works if you are a liveaboard or on your boat every day. And, probably not a good idea to use any of the airsoft guns intended to look like real guns... at least for you down south types.
02-02-2009 12:34 PM
AE28
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Originally Posted by Flybyknight View Post
I epoxy'd razor blades all over my windex. Kept the birds off,
now they perch & crap from the stays.
Dick
Just out of curiosity, is that an improvement?
02-02-2009 06:35 AM
Flybyknight I epoxy'd razor blades all over my windex. Kept the birds off,
now they perch & crap from the stays.
Dick
01-31-2009 09:11 AM
Coreyboy18
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Originally Posted by sander06 View Post
Considering what birds eat, I can't imagine that they would even have taste buds. I mean, what would be the point when you're eating bugs, worms and seeds?
Birds have taste buds on the base of their tongues, but not nearly as many as man and other mammals. Rabbits have about 17,000 taste buds in their mouths. Humans have about 9,000. A domestic pigeon has 27-59.

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01-31-2009 08:30 AM
AE28
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
You want to impress someone? Spear one of those little bastards in mid-flight with your windex in 20 knots. Sure, it takes a lot of concentration and constant attention to sail trim and heading, but THAT'S sailing, bro.

Just look at the ad to your left and imagine an impaled titmouse on the pointy end. That's what I'm talkin' about.
PETA's watching you!!!
01-31-2009 07:15 AM
sander06 Considering what birds eat, I can't imagine that they would even have taste buds. I mean, what would be the point when you're eating bugs, worms and seeds?
01-30-2009 05:10 PM
Saildoggie The Windex is a useful deviice on small boats as well as large boats especailly if you happen to lose your instruments.

Put the Boswains seat on, go up with a bottle of Tabasco sauce and a foam brush, coat, let dry, repeat.l

They get one taste of that Tabasco, they are gone in a snap!!
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