Bugs are certainly a pain to endure & chase many a good woman away from sailing.
To solve this problem (for us) I had a full enclosure built to keep the sun off & the bugs out.
With windows & screens all the way around, the breeze comes though (or not) as we decide it should...& at night the cockpit
stays clean & dry, so we never have to deal with a wet (dewy) cockpit
in the mornings. Mary says having "the sun-room" is the best thing we've ever done to the boat.
Anyway, you'll find that sailing to the Detroit River, it's wise to stay well off
Middle Sister Island as the bugs will come out to have a meal (on you) should you sail past too closely.
You see, the three Sister Islands are nature preserves (gull & cormorant rookeries) & so since the thousands of parent birds bring fish
back for the babys to eat daily & then everybody poops...it's really a "fly's heaven on earth" on all 3 islands.
Be afraid...be VERY