If you store your boat on the side of your home, you probably cover it to protect it from the weather. But if you’re like most boat owners who keep their boats at home, you’ve had to contend with bird droppings on your masts, antenna arrays and canvass covers.
If you live close to any body of water, or if your boat is docked next to your home, bird problems multiply quickly. Gulls, cormorants and geese love to perch and nest on your canvas covers. Over time, even the toughest covers will become brittle and tear if bird droppings are not washed off frequently.
Leave your boat uncovered and you risk even greater damage to outboard engines, antenna arrays, windows and sliding doors. To keep pest birds away from your boat, professional bird control experts recommend the following:
Set up one or two Bird Spiders on “bird problem” areas of your boat and forget about pest birds. Spiders have numerous spindly arms that whip about in the slightest breeze to whisk birds away. Gulls, cormorants, pelicans and pigeons will simply avoid your vessel and move on. Bird spiders come in 2-, 4-, 6- and 8-foot diameter arm lengths so you can match he spider to your specific area frequented by birds. The best bird spiders are made in the USA and feature a glue-on base for simple mounting. There’s even a removable sand-bag base that lets you place a spider on uneven or angled surfaces. Additional mounting bases let you place spiders on masts and radar units. The best bird spiders will feature a UV-protected polycarbonate base for lasting durability.
This is another wind-powered device that gets the job done. Easy to set up, the Repeller 360° features two "sails" mounted at either ends of a 6' stainless steel arm. Each sail has a reflective bird predator eye. When the wind spins the arms a full 360°, they intimidate and frighten any birds daring to land on your boat. The wind powered arms rotate continuously, covering a full 6-foot diameter to prevent even the most determined pest birds from landing on your vessel.
Stainless Steel Bird Spikes
The king of bird deterrents, Stainless Steel Bird Spikes have been used by boat owners for years around the world. These anti-perching, anti-roosting devices won’t allow pest birds--particularly large birds like gulls, cormorants and geese--access to land anywhere you place them on your boat. The best bird spikes are made of stainless steel embedded in a UV-protected polycarbonate base. They're made in the USA and guaranteed for 10 years. The spikes come in four different splay widths--1”, 3”, 5” and 8”, yet each can be mounted on just a 1.5” narrow base. These quality made spikes will feature a glue trough and pre-drilled mounting holes for fast, easy installation.