Many many years ago when I was just a simple sail maker I would travel the length and breadth of the UK and Eire, even got as far as India, running sail setting clinics and race coaching sessions for a variety of dinghy classes however I digress. My first really bad experience of midges was when (after spending a day on the water coaching the Flying 15 fleet at the Clyde Cruising Club Loch Lomond) myself, Jenny and our two young daughters attended a barbecue on a small island on the loch on the Saturday night. When we stepped ashore Jenny and I could not understand why all the club members were standing in the barbecue smoke, we soon found out. Yes it’s not a pleasant experience being eaten alive when the breeze dies!
As we graduated to cruising bigger boats on the West Coast of Scotland and the inland waterways of the Netherlands we did of course experience similar experiences. For personal protection ‘Avon’s Skin So Soft’ is Jenny’s choice of repellent to help keep the critters at bay but for me Malibu aftersun and insect repellent is my secret weapon! For the boat, these days, there is an excellent choice of barriers to help keep flying insects outside the interior, from companion way covers to throw over mosquito nets and screens as well as a dual hatch cover and mosquito nets, however, if we are ‘going out for the night’ we always, after of course covering up any fruit etc, spray the interior with insect repellent before abandoning ship!
Mosquito Nets For Boats