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Mosquitos on board

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by john6206, Jun 17, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. john6206

    john6206

    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    74 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US ann arbor
    Hi All,

    Only day sailed so far, first overnight cruise coming up. The drop board and compaionway hatch combination do not look mosquito proof to me.

    Do you employ some kind of screen or additional protection? I don't really want to spray myself with Cutters before bed, although we will probably spend the evening in the cockpit or on shore, so I might just end up sprayed.

    You know those people that mosquitoes seem to love more than most . . . I'm one of them!

    John
     


  2. Dave Groshong

    Dave Groshong SBO Staff Staff Member

    Joined Jan 25, 2007
    1,336 posts, 92 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Seattle
  3. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    473 posts, 187 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    Yup what he said
     


  4. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    8,087 posts, 632 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana


  5. john6206

    john6206

    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    74 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US ann arbor
    @kloudie1 , I've got one of those, they are pretty great.
    @Dave Groshong , those look perfect. Not at all what I was imagining. Mostly I was thinking with the hatch boards in place and the hatch shut, there are still some cracks where daylight can get in. I think Mosquitos could as well.

    I'm assuming I can easily get in and out of the cabin with this screen in place?
     


  6. thinwater

    thinwater

    Joined Mar 26, 2011
    2,107 posts, 444 likes
    Corsair F-24 MK I
    US Deale, MD
    Lights draw them. They also do not hunt far over water. So...
    1. Get up at dawn and go to bed early.
    2. Anchor at least 100 yards from shore. 200 yards is better.
    These two steps help a lot. Anchor far enough out and you won't need screens.
     


  7. JanErik

    JanErik

    Joined May 4, 2018
    11 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina 25 SV
    Pon Farr US Colorado
    We light up one of those Citronella candles and keep in inside, the outdoor type candle in a little bucket as its stable and won't tip over. Keeps the bugs out and give some soft light too. Works for us.
     


  8. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,696 posts, 110 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida


  9. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,947 posts, 850 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    On The Mac we just used some netting we bought at the local surplus store.
    The Hunter has screens over all of the windows and lites, and the PO sewed up a nice one that snaps over the companionway and hatch area.
    I'm mosquito bait. People invite me over so I draw the bloodsuckers away from them.
     


  10. Fred

    Fred

    Joined Sep 27, 2008
    401 posts, 35 likes
    Hunter H26
    CA Nepean Sailing Club
    We bought bed netting from IKEA, lay it over the entire companionway and snap the companion way cover (canvas) over it to keep it in place. The netting is thin enough not to affect the snap performance. The netting is big enough so that you can bunch it up to block the gutters on the H26. We can leave the screen draped over the entryway for the evening to prevent ingress of mosquitoes. This inexpensive solution has well worked for us for the last 5 years cruising in the Georgian Bay area (prime mosquito area). And yes we get up early and retreat to the cabin at sundown. The "real" SBO solution does look nice though.
     


  11. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    473 posts, 187 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    Mosquitos are attracted by CO2 (from your breath). My vote is the screens SBO sells.

    I haven't analyzed those coils or thermocell but I'm curious whether they contain chemicals that might be harmful. Citronella has been around for as long as I can remember, but so has tobacco. I don't know if citronella vapor is safe to breath. Seems to me there are plenty of chemicals and pollutants in our lives, and I'm not anxious to breath any more than I have to.
     


  12. williamtl

    williamtl

    Joined Jun 1, 2015
    133 posts, 41 likes
    Macgregor 26d
    US rocky fork
    Tried thermocell. Watched a mosquito fly directly through the vapor with no impact.

    I have a screen that I bought at REI. Goes from the front of the pop top over the Bimini. This works,, but the setup can be frustrating. It was less than $10.
     


  13. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,721 posts, 395 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Sorry I thought this was kinda funny. Anyone looking for Captain Larry, he'll be the guy turning blue. You're right about the CO2 so I taint my breath with garlic. Doesn't work for mosquitos but it does work for other pests.
     


  14. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    473 posts, 187 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    ;)
     



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