Keeping Those Nasty Gulls Off Your Boat

Gulls have a stubborn habit of frequently perching on masts, boat rigging, antennas and many other areas of a vessel. And when they perch, they often feed on their most recent catches, tearing apart fish and other meals, leaving bones and fish innards to drop on you and your guests.

Of course, this pales in comparison to the problem of gull droppings, which is even worse when you’re serving meals on board. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in gull droppings can carry serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis and salmonella.

Gull droppings also eat into various parts of your boat, marring paint, cracking sails and jamming up riggings. The can quickly damage a boat’s finish, canvas and Biminis.  For boat owners who failed to adequately bird proof their boats, gull droppings mean constant cleanups and frequent repairs.

In many cases,…

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