Mosquito Nets

  • 69. Top Tips Tuesday - My Midge Misery! - Mosquito Nets For Boats


    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!

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    Mosquito Nets For Boats

  • Crowd Control

    When Nicholsons of Whitley Bay (my parents' & our family butcher) were delivering meat to the newly refurbished Beehive Inn near Seaton Delaval one of the partners in the venture noticed the driver was wearing an RNLI crew member top - Doug Nicholson who was doing the delivery & maybe having a sneaky pint? Being a 'seafarer' he was asked where he thought he could get some traditional but synthetic rope that would prevent customers leaving thru the front door of the pub & perhaps straying on the road, 'Storrar's on the Coast Road or google' was the answer he gave. 30mtrs of 24mm synthetic hemp was purchased and I think it looks the ticket. Speaking of Beehives, we also sell Beeswax in retail blocks, sell waxed whipping twine & of course most sail repair kits contain beeswax & don't forget, our mosquito nets are perfect from keeping insects, including bees out of your boat!


    Despite the awful rain we had a busy day on Saturday, breathable boots from Musto, Henri Lloyd & Dubarry were walking out the door & on what is a different slant on the same concept is that those guys who do not want to go down the more ‘expensive’ breathable route are buying, say Gill traditional yachting boots & teaming them up with a pair of Sealskinz socks. With the lighter nights we are also starting to see skippers purchasing the Blackout screens for use with opening port lights/hatch etc & for those going to Holland & cruising in fresh water our range of Mosquito nets are starting to move. Oops forgot to mention had one of our best days for waterproof clothing sales the Coastal range from Musto & the Vista from Henri Lloyd. Gill gloves, especially the Helmsman have been selling well,  must be something to do with the cold weather?

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