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How do you keep these rats of the air from fouling your boat?  If, like me, you keep your pride and joy on a mooring, you will have found it a continual battle.  Swinging buckets, tattered plastic bags, dangling soft drink bottles - I've tried them all.  Gulls become used to them very quickly.  I've seen gulls roosting quite unconcerned beneath the moaning ‘bird scaring’ tape sold by chandlers.

I (and others) have resorted in the past to covering the topsides with netting.  This is very effective and with a bit of luck you may snare some of the blighters.  However, it takes a very long time to fit and remove, probably longer than scrubbing the guano off the decks.

I think I may have found a simpler solution.  Two years after I have adopted it, gulls are still largely avoiding Harbinger.  I saw the clue in Sydney, at Fort Denison (Pinchgut), formerly a seagull haven.  Protruding at intervals above the battlements were feather dusters, which the ranger informed me, were placed to deter the gulls.  I now dangle a feather duster from the end of the main boom when I leave Harbinger and the seagulls stay away.  Why? Perhaps the fluttering feathers look like a possible predator, or, perhaps, like us, seagulls don't like to be reminded of their mortality.

The duster on the chart table is also a bit of one-upmanship over visitors in terms of implied standards of yacht care.

Andrew MacGregor



April 2018
Friday 13th
Sydney Visit / Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2018
June 2018
Saturday 9th
Queenscliff weekend
July 2018
Sunday 8th
12pm VIC Winter Lunch
September 2018
Friday 28th
Wyndham Harbour weekend
December 2018
Monday 3rd
7pm VIC Christmas Dinner
February 2019
Friday 8th
Australian Wooden Boat Festival
April 2019
Saturday 27th
South Australian Wooden Boat Festival

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