Originally Posted by JimmyP
Really good imput. Thank you!
1) Ordered hatch screens.
2) have porthole screens
3) Designed and buiulding a screen
the size of two hatch boards for the companion way. (third hatch board will stay solid)
4) Bought a ThermaCell bug repellent (reviews seem to indicate success)
Screens are good. However, it's better to figure out how you can anchor
without having to resort to them.
The cruising guides
will inevitable place their anchor symbols in the "best" spots to anchor IN A STORM
. But what if it's not blowing much? Think about anchoring
in a spot where you might not need to use your screens, and can therefore have a light breeze flowing through your boat.
Pay attention to the mangroves. If you can smell mangrove, you will get bugs.
For us, especially since we have plenty of wind/solar power, having a good set of 12v cabin
fans is a huge anti-bug measure. Whenever we need to use the screens, we need to use the cabin
fans. Period. So don't buy a cheap
(noisy) set of fans. Get the best ones you can buy, and you may even sleep more comfortably than the fat cats on the air-conditioned boats.
Don't let anyone tell you that the Sea of Cortez
is a buggy place. It's basically a desert ecology. Yeah, it's buggier than Seattle
or San Francisco
, but if you've ever been to Florida