Do-It-Yourself Bird Deterrents
May 1, 2019 As we found in our last major test of bird deterrents, there is no perfect solution for every bird problem, but we’ve come...
Lightening Up the Sailing Load
April 22, 2019 Still trying to find a place to stow everything for that big summer cruise? Here are a few organizing accessories that we've...
4 Types of Pocket Cruisers
March 21, 2019 The recent release of Steve Wystrach’s outstanding documentary film Manry at Sea about Robert Manry, the former copy editor...
Drawing the Line on Boat Design
July 11, 2018 A New Zealander greatly influenced by the traditional craft of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, famed multihull designer Ian...
Do-It-Yourself Fuel Tank Cleaning
June 6, 2018 Depending on the size of your fuel tanks, having a professional clean your tank and dispose of the dirty fuel can cost more...
Sailing in Gusty Winds
May 16, 2018 One of my biggest mistakes in life was waiting so long to sail the Great Lakes.
Choosing a Bottom Paint
April 16, 2018 This month's report on freshwater bottom paints is another reminder that the most effective paint in our testing might not...
Staying Safe in the Boatyard
March 12, 2018 My pal Jimmy’s inflatable dinghy sprung a leak. It was a simple repair. He hoisted the boat aboard, put a wire wheel on his...
Educating the Sailor: Start Small
January 15, 2018 Learning to sail is simple. Thousands of youngsters perfect the essential small-boat skills over the course of a summer....
Lessons from the Storms
November 10, 2017 Every storm is a learning experience, but sometimes it takes time to deconstruct the events and recognize what worked and what...
by Darrell Nicholson on May 01, 2019
As we found in our last major test of bird deterrents, there is no perfect solution for every bird problem, but weve come across one that seems to work well in the marina in Florida where we keep one of our test boats, an Endeavour 42 Lost Boyz owned by boat builder Robert Helmick. The main perpetrators in this particular marina are starlings that feed on the berries near the marina then apparently find a comfortable roost to digest (and deposit the remains of) their meal. Sailboat masts seem to be the preferred perch, as the dockmaster reports that he rarely sees them atop powerboats.
Which of the following best describes your approach to bottom paint?
- I choose my own paint, but I let a professional apply (521 votes)
- I let a professional apply the paint that he (or boatyard) recommends. (329 votes)
- I choose my own paint and I apply it. (1639 votes)
- I apply paint that a local professional or boatyard recommends. (254 votes)