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Old 20 November 2010, 16:14   #1
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storing rib in outhouse

I have been given the use of an outhouse/shed for to store my boat, but was a bit worried about vermin getting into the boat and doing damage during the winter. Has anyone ever had a problem like this

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Old 20 November 2010, 16:36   #2
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There are a few posts on this subject. Think the main thing is to keep tubes properly inflated. Avoid storing anything in the boat that rodents can sleep in or destroy for bedding. Might be worth putting down poison too. Not sure if I'd cover the boat with a tarpaulin. Depends how dirty the barn/outhouse is? Lastly, think about security.

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Old 20 November 2010, 16:55   #3
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Ohh yes....
we live out in the country and am lucky enough to have several barns/outbuildings on our property. We have always kept our boats/vehicles inside, especially during the winter month and, although i cant comment on rats, have certainly suffered as a result of mice/shrews.
Generally speaking though its the cars that suffer the most as mice, looking for a place to nest, tunnel into the engine bay soundproofing. We have found nests tucked in above the gearbox, inside battery boxes, behind headlights and have even driven 30 or so miles to see one jump out once we parked up at a friends house!.
The boats have suffered less though as we make sure nothing is left for them to nest in. Where possible we remove all cushions and other 'soft' materials giving them few options. I remove the covers regularly and open all compatments to make sure there are no uninvited guests. Once they get in, mice can be very destructive, knawing through cables, hoses etc...The good news is that boats are obviously made to be watertight so few access points are available to the little buggers.
I'l try to upload some pics of what they have done to some of our vehicles...
Although they are very agile, they do seem to struggle overcomming the overhang of the boat especially with the cover tightly fitted.

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Old 21 November 2010, 03:35   #4
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Originally Posted by Anchorhandler View Post
Although they are very agile, they do seem to struggle overcomming the overhang of the boat especially with the cover tightly fitted.
Glad to hear this. I have just left my boat out towards the country, but left it with the cover firmly nailed down

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Old 21 November 2010, 03:42   #5
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Barned my 6.5 for a few winters. I kept it inflated on the trailer with a nasty old tarp over the whole issue to keep the straw dust and pigeon sh*t off of it. We used to shove at the back and park all manner of farm machinery in front of it for security. It came out in perfect fettle every spring.
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