Mosquito Nets


Rachael
 

Hello All

I'm interested to know what fellow SM owners do to keep mosquitoes out, especially at night? Are there standard screens that can be bought for all the hatches? Do you place a net over the companion way? If you're sleeping in the cockpit, what do you do? All advice gratefully received!!

Rachael
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Rachael & Robin Courtenay
New Amel Owners of...
Pérdika SM232
Leros, Greece


Mark Erdos
 


 

After many trials and errors, we came up with these. They are made from starboard and are now over 5 years old. I started with a solid piece and then cut out the middle. The mesh is attached using a hot glue. On the edge, they have a some foam to make the fit snug. They can be installed and removed from inside the boat. They can be stowed under a mattress when not needed.




 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us


On 6/28/2022 7:41 AM, Rachael via groups.io wrote:
Hello All

I'm interested to know what fellow SM owners do to keep mosquitoes out, especially at night? Are there standard screens that can be bought for all the hatches? Do you place a net over the companion way? If you're sleeping in the cockpit, what do you do? All advice gratefully received!!

Rachael
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Rachael & Robin Courtenay
New Amel Owners of...
Pérdika SM232
Leros, Greece


Dennis Johns
 

Depending on where you plan to go, you may want to make your screens suitable for No-See-Ums.  Mosquito netting is not fine enough to stop the tiny No-See-Ums and they can be just as annoying as mosquitos.  No-See-Um netting does restrict airflow a little more than mosquito netting but any screens over the hatches makes airflow minimal.

Dennis Johns
Libertad
Maramu 121

On Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 12:01 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

 

After many trials and errors, we came up with these. They are made from starboard and are now over 5 years old. I started with a solid piece and then cut out the middle. The mesh is attached using a hot glue. On the edge, they have a some foam to make the fit snug. They can be installed and removed from inside the boat. They can be stowed under a mattress when not needed.




 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us


On 6/28/2022 7:41 AM, Rachael via groups.io wrote:
Hello All

I'm interested to know what fellow SM owners do to keep mosquitoes out, especially at night? Are there standard screens that can be bought for all the hatches? Do you place a net over the companion way? If you're sleeping in the cockpit, what do you do? All advice gratefully received!!

Rachael
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Rachael & Robin Courtenay
New Amel Owners of...
Pérdika SM232
Leros, Greece


Symphony
 

regarding No-See-Ums:  I had good luck in New England using standard mesh screen sprayed with Deet-based clothing spray.  Often a ton of tiny biting gnats in estuaries and coves during late spring.  We still had good airflow this way and saved running genset.

Richard
ex Vicem and ex Tartan
New Haven, CT


Herbert Lackner
 

in the tropics we always use this "tool" in the night. Low noise computer fans with moskito nets that fit into the small window from the aft cabin to the cockpit (or in the bathroom or kitchen). Consumes minimal amps, no noise and makes a constant air flow through the aft cabin.  No moskitos and cool nights.

the first prototype out of wood (foto on at the top) served us many years, maybe Bill and Dennis remember that, we fabricated it at the pontoon when KALI MERA, BE BE and LIBERTAD were neighbours in Marokko / Rabat :-) , we now replaced it by a more sophisticated out out of acryl with 4 fans and two speed settings. this is designed to stay there moreless always.

tadeja and herbert
KALI MERA, SN120, still Mexico
 


 

Herbert,

I remember. Hi to Tadeja. I am ready for some Camal Head Tacos.

Bill


CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
   

On Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 4:24 PM Herbert Lackner <herbert@...> wrote:
in the tropics we always use this "tool" in the night. Low noise computer fans with moskito nets that fit into the small window from the aft cabin to the cockpit (or in the bathroom or kitchen). Consumes minimal amps, no noise and makes a constant air flow through the aft cabin.  No moskitos and cool nights.

the first prototype out of wood (foto on at the top) served us many years, maybe Bill and Dennis remember that, we fabricated it at the pontoon when KALI MERA, BE BE and LIBERTAD were neighbours in Marokko / Rabat :-) , we now replaced it by a more sophisticated out out of acryl with 4 fans and two speed settings. this is designed to stay there moreless always.

tadeja and herbert
KALI MERA, SN120, still Mexico
 


Rachael
 

Dear all

Thank you all so much for all the advice we’ve received. We’ll be busy using Mark and Stefan’s designs to make our own when we’re next back out on her. Good tip about the Deet for the smaller beasties!

Rachael
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Rachael & Robin Courtenay
SM232 Pérdika


Symphony
 

Another tip that works in the Northeast at least- the tiny gnats and biting flies dislike Catnip. Pet stores and Amazon carry Capt Kitty Catnip spray. We sprayed liberally on all exposed skin dusk and dawn with excellent success.

Nontoxic, no odor, no oily feeling.

I just looked on Amazon and price seems double what I remember.

Best wishes,
Richard
Ex-every boat
New Haven CT.


Rachael
 



Thanks Richard, our boat's in Greece, when I read your message, this image flashed in my mind!! 🤣
 
Rachael & Robin Courtenay
Pérdika SM232
Leros, Greece


Mark Pitt
 

Sorry for the late contribution to this thread.

An inexpensive yet effective way to create port screens is to purchase the window shades for automobiles that are made with a plastic side that clings to glass on one side and a UV resistant screen that provides the shade on the other side, like these at Amazon (4 shade screens for$14.97)


These are available most auto parts store.

I just cut out the plastic, stitched a button in the middle, and attached thin shock cord to the button.  All my ports have something (like a mushroom) just inside that I use to tie off the shock cord.  The frames are so flexible you can ball them up into a bag, and the screens are too fine for no-seeums.  Mine have lasted years in the sun.

Mark Pitt
Sabbatical III, SM419, Northeast Harbor, Maine



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Rachael
 

Hi Mark

Thanks so much for this, we’ll definitely look into it in the UK 😊
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Rachael & Robin Courtenay
SM232, Leros, Greece