Originally Posted by Alguires
It seems that a group of otters had a party on our upper deck in the past little while. The boat is fully enclosed for the winter with, what I thought was, a critter proof cover. Just to add deterrence we hung mothballs in mesh around the lower deck railing. This has worked for the past five years. Any thoughts on better options to keep otters off our unattended boat over the winter?
I can start by saying that the Otters always win.
Search for my earlier thread on problems with otters.
At my YC, the Harbour Master has installed several audible, strobe, motion sensing deterrents. They work well within a few feet of their location. My slip neighbour has motorized, noisy dinosaurs. He claims they work and neither he nor I presently have otters. I tried non motorized, quiet dinosaurs, to no effect, at my mooring bouy on Saltspring. Didn't work at all. I also tried chicken wire on the swim grid, moth balls in the dinghy, bowls of ammonia. None of those worked. The last straw was when I found that they had been copulating on the top of my tonneau cover. I left the mooring bouy and have not returned.
Pleas let me know if you find a solution.