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Best Method for Keeping Birds off Boat??

Old 03-03-2018, 08:48 AM
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Default Best Method for Keeping Birds off Boat??

I've tried the plastic owls, wind driven spinning devises, fishing line, etc with very little difference.


The only thing that seemed to work well was a motion activated sprinkler that kicked on every time a bird landed on the boat. The problem with that was the excessive hard water stains it left on my windshield and t-top.


Any other suggestions or ideas?


Anyone had luck with those audio deterrents that mimic predator sounds?


First world problems I know....but getting pretty tired of the boat being completely wrecked by bird crap on a daily basis.
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I had a problem with swallows and to a lesser degree gulls and pigeons ... noticed they didn't mess with flags on poles and figured it had to be the movement ... I also noticed all the plastic owls were made ineffective by folks screwing them down to their docks and such ... so I thought they'd be better deterrents on a flag pole or similar mount ... ended up putting the owl on a 6ft piece of PVC that was 3/4 in dia... I wound duct tape around the bottom twice spaced 1/2ft apart so when I put it in a rod holder it wouldn't sway too far but apparently it sways just enough because a year and a half later all is still good ... can't believe it was this simple ...

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I've used rubber snakes. I throw 3 or so on the Bow and a couple more on the canvas. Worked pretty good while I had the boat docked for two seasons here in Florida. Never had bird poop on it when I got there.

Make sure to pick them up when going out though...One time I left them on deck and went under a drawbridge. The bridge operator freaked out and hailed us on channel 16 to warn us of the snakes on the boat.
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where exactly do you purchase these rape happy giant otters?

I'm asking for a friend...of course
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I've used rubber snakes. I throw 3 or so on the Bow and a couple more on the canvas. Worked pretty good while I had the boat docked for two seasons here in Florida. Never had bird poop on it when I got there.

Make sure to pick them up when going out though...One time I left them on deck and went under a drawbridge. The bridge operator freaked out and hailed us on channel 16 to warn us of the snakes on the boat.
This was the answer for me too. I had a sea gull invasion on my hardtop and bow. Cable tied about 10 rubber/plastic snakes (bought on Amazon) and within 24 hours the birds were gone. Kept the snakes on and 18 months later, never have had the issue again. Have had a few guests freak out from time to time so its a good idea to warn first time passengers!
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Which birds and what part of your boat?

As a general rule, static (as in nonmoving) deterrents are useless. Birds quickly habituate to those types of things. (Think about unstaffed cop cars on the side of the road)

The species giving you grief matters too. Are they perching on your boat or under the roof your boat is under?

A couple pics would help.
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I've used the rubber snakes successfully , to keep Robins from nesting under eves of my house.
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