Stuff it! No, not the spinnaker or the storm trysail, although both of those get stuffed from time to time. It’s for the birds! You’ll be amazed at where birds can find to nest and cover your deck with never-ending bird crap. Especially when you’re a commuter cruiser about to leave your boat for six months!
Luckily, a simple rag stuffed into the end of the boom will keep the birds from nesting in the boom. Similarly, a rag stuffed into the roller furling hub will keep the birds from enjoying a new home. Once they nest and lay eggs, it’s much more difficult to relocate them than to keep them from nesting in the first place.
Make sure the rags are large enough to stuff the entire empty area and not just become a convenient base for a nest!
Just before leaving the boat for the last time, walk around the deck and think like a bird — where would you like to get in a convenient crevice and make a nest? Stuff all the possibilities with rags.
Now, anyone have any tips to keep the birds from using our spreaders as a perch & covering the deck with you know what??? Leave a comment! THX! Jan