Originally Posted by oldragbaggers
For me it would be a full cockpit
enclosure like this one, but I want it to have all screens.
Mosquitos love me and here on the east coast
of the U.S. I find that it is impossible for me to enjoy the cockpit
in the evenings at dock
without drenching myself in DEET which I really hate.
As soon as all the necessities are taken care of this is the first luxury item on my list.
Yeah I'm with you with that, mosquito's really love me until I acclimatise too.
A friend over here makes really nice canvas
work for boats (and is brilliant value), and I'll get him to do an enclosure for me.
Until then I have bought 3 x massive King Size bed
mosquito nets (dirt cheap
off Ebay from China
- they seem pretty good too), and three bottles of Permethrin treatment for them. They are big enough to cover the complete cockpit, and once treated and dried out, are safe enough, and good for something like 30 washes or up to two years (the netting will fail by then).
I'll cut one down so it's a good size for the V berth, and the offcuts can do the ports
, hatches, and companionway
. The third is a spare.
In addition I am going to get some bug zappers to hang off the boom close to the mast
, outside the cockpit net, and one for in the main cabin
, so I can kill as many as possible outside, and any that get in will hopefully get side tracked before hitting a net or biting me.
Ooooohhh! PS. I almost forgot. A buddy was in a tank regiment, and used to go to Canada
doing exercises a fair bit, and one of his crew suffered real bad with mosquitos, so what he used to do, was eat a clove of fresh garlic every day, starting a few days before they went off to Canada
. Apparently it worked a treat (I must remember to try it).