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whalernut posted 04-22-2001 10:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalernut   Send Email to whalernut  
I uncovered my Currituck from winter storage and had all of my stuff stoored in it. As I took out my Mooring Cover and rolled it out to my horror mice had chewed it up extremely badly! It`s going to take I figure a couple hundred bucks to repair, it`s pretty bad and the drawstring in side is torn up too. Bottom line is, keep you`re Canvas(generic term for covers) away from any and all rodents. My cover cost with shipping $720 less than A year ago and now maybee ruined. I don`t even know how these Mice got in and why they would do such a thing as they didn`t touch my cables or wiring. They not only chewed it up they made it into big ball clumps and pooped all over it! Fellows, please be carefull and I guess I deserve it, I should have stoored the Canvas elseware.Anyone else have this type of horror story? Regards-Jack Graner.
Chesapeake posted 04-22-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Jack: Didn't have the canvas experience. However, I can tell you that last winter, the mice got into everything on my Nauset, including the foam from new seats. It all ended up in what looked like the world's largest bird's nest under my outboard motor cover. My mechanic was appalled.


Contender25 posted 04-22-2001 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     

I feel your pain, those little bastards. Last winter they got into my brand new zodiac inflatable and ate a hole 6inch in diamater. The thing was totaled. I was ticked but figured insurance would help out. Wrong, I did not read the clause that Vermin damage is not under my policy. Vermin!!!??? Little bastards!!

tarbaby posted 04-23-2001 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
Jack, I feel for ya. They got a set of sails for my Hobie Cat. About the same amount $$$. Too bad I was not quick enough with the rat shot!! Shay
kingfish posted 04-23-2001 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Red Squirrels (absolutely *no* redeeming social value - worse vermin than mice!) during the summer and fall they removed - in mouthfulls - all the foam insulation from the inside of the cowling of my snowmobile, built a nest under the motor and stored the better part of a bushel of walnuts literally packing the cowling space that wasn't already taken up by motor or muffler, FULL!! When I opened up the cowling and all the walnuts started cascading out, I thought it was a prank until the ugly truth started to sink in...
blackdog posted 04-23-2001 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I gasped when I read your post! I would be beside my self. I just bought my cover last year also… Mannnnnnnnn..
I think I read that Month balls due the trick. Try some next year in a coffee can with some holes punched in them. I guess pack it up and send it over to Mills. They can probably patch it up good as new. The sooner you fix it the sooner the pain goes away.


Chris J posted 04-23-2001 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I throw a box of mouse bait in my boat every year when I put it away for the winter. No mouse probems there. They did, however, eat all the stuffing out of the back seat of my car one year.
hauptjm posted 04-23-2001 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Man, y'all are scaring the crap out of me! I never even considered that mice could eat my canvas. I've never had a problem to date, but I now will protect them. I have a problem with wasps getting into my dodger when it's wrapped in the boot for the summer. Unzipped it last year, and found myself face-to-face with about thirty really pissed-off yellow jackets. I guarantee none of y'all have ever seen a 40 year old run this fast. Not a single sting. Now I tie the ends tight with a small line to prevent access......

I'm still trying to picture what my reaction would have been if I were Jack. Whalernut, you have my condolences.

JimU posted 04-23-2001 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Try putting a rubber snake in your boat. Birds were getting under my mooring cover and building nests on my console. The rubber snake appears to have solved my problem. JIM
Chesapeake posted 04-23-2001 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Maybe a real snake! Only have to clean up some shed skin in the spring. Jack, it could work!!
Dan posted 04-23-2001 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Ten-years ago I had a mouse eat a small hole in the sail of my windsurfer.
whalernut posted 04-23-2001 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Whew! thank you all for the suggestions! Next year will be deffinately a different story, I am going to try a multitude of things fopr these VERMIN! Snales(Pythons love snakes-he-he), killer food, moth balls, shotgun with a sensor on it! Acctually I am taking it for an estimate tommorow to Tumac`s Canvas Shop, which made the canvas for Sea Ray on the East Coast from the 60`s-80`s. If they are too high or don`t want to tackle it, then I will send it to Mill`s and pay the Piper! You guys have helped me out greatly and I went to Ponderosa for lunch and ate some of my misery away to today, HAY-HAY! "It`s Fat Albert, and I Got A Song Too Sing For Youooo! Old cartoon junky of sorts. Regards-Jack Graner.
SuburbanBoy posted 04-23-2001 06:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Late last year I bought a new car (first "new" car in over 16 years). Less than two weeks later, as I traveled down a 4-lane highway at 60+ mph, I opened the glove box to find an entire family of the little critters! There is nowhere to hide in a Civic, and those guys jumped out and on to the passenger seat! I slammed on the brakes and skidded to a stop on the shoulder. Jumped out, opened the passenger door and encouraged the happy family to take up residence in the ditch. They had shredded all of my registration papers into their nest. Crapped and pee'd all over the interior of the glove box as well. I set mouse bait in 4 spots inside the car, and 8 more spots in my garage. One week later I smelled something burning in my car on the way to the office. Almost immediately I lost the use of several electrical accessories, the most important being the horn. I assumed it to be a warranty problem, and I turned it over to the local Honda dealer. What they found was most amazing. Apparently, kin of my glove box squatters had setup shop in my under hood fuse box! The intense engine heat had cooked a couple of them, and the mechanic guessed the rest fell to their death along the highway. Needless to say, this was not a warranty claim, and they stated that they had never seen a case where mice were delivered "OEM". It cost me $65 and a lot of grief to exorcise the little demons. Mouse bait is now a regular, decorative accessory in my garage and my on my whaler. I feel for you. The mothballs also seem like a good idea. Until this happens to you, you won't believe it. Learn from our misfortunes.
where2 posted 04-23-2001 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
WOW!! I feel your pain with the Honda! That was the best laugh I've had all day!!
Reminds me of the night my GF and I went down to use the whaler. (Lives on floating lift). I popped the cover for the control valves and saw a pencil sized tail sticking out of the tube where I hookup the blower to raise the lift. So, I shined the light on that area and whacked the plastic tube with a screw driver and scared the crap out of the two fist sized rat that was about to build a nest in the pipe. I made absolutely sure he felt unwelcome by whacking the decking on the dock with my shoe. I haven't seen any more since...
Dad has had mice make nice short dock lines out of a 150'x1/2" braided nylon anchor rope. We had another boat that was always attracting opossums and racoons to nest in the anchor locker while on the trailer. Talk about a surprise when you go to ready the boat for a trip skiing and open the anchor locker to find a full grown momma racoon looking out at you. Fortunately, the racoons don't eat boating supplies. :)
"Where2"? on Rat Patrol
Toad2001 posted 04-23-2001 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Toad2001  Send Email to Toad2001     
Moth Balls do work.
re: similar story, I went to look at a cover for my "big boat", it had been stored for a year in a garage, and the asking price was $4000 (custom-all sunbrella, for a 32' boat). I hated to advise the owner it was full of mouse holes. I ruined his day I am sure. I estimated it to be worth only $1000 as-is, and didn't want to "insult" him by making an offer.
Moth balls also keep river otters out of the boat. They make a hella of a mess here in the North West if allowed to "move in". I have heard of a few Sea Rays being written off by insurance companies due to these beasts. Perhaps if "vermin" weigh over 25lbs they aren't considered vermin anymore...
Arch Autenreith posted 04-24-2001 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Jack. Sorry to hear about it. Same thing with me but not as expensive. Last year they got a couple of life vests so I took everything out of the consol this year and threw it in top of the garage. Also last year, when I opened the suntop, there was a nest (?) of ants that had eaten 2 3-inch holes in that.
newportguy posted 04-27-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for newportguy  Send Email to newportguy     
Last year squirrels ate my right front seat in my newport and totally messed the entire boat with nuts and twigs as if they had built nests. I was not a happy camper and I can certainly relate to your story..... It is funny though to see my left seat fine and my right looking like a burnt a major hole in it.... go figure :(

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