It's an age-old boat-owners problem: otters on boats, hangin' around like they own the place, yet side-stepping moorage fees, upkeep and a plethora of other duties associated with ownership.
Online advice is vast and free for the taking, but you gotta have some tools:
1. "Shooting is noisy and dangerous.What you need is A 220 or 330 conibear steel trap.If I was near i could help.what needs done is A wood box made to hold trap bait is placed in back to guide animal in."
2. "I keep em off my docks by puttin 4-5" gal nails all round the perimeter of my floating docks and running 40lb mono all around it. Keeps em from flopping up!"
Or this: "Have you tried a sign like 'No otters'"?
And finally: "Otters taste like chicken!"
A few nights ago, my men rowed out and hung two pastel-hued balloons to the boat. The lovely festive party decor swayed in the evening breeze and seemed to signal 'party boat' in my view. Apparently I was not alone in my thinking.
On my morning swim the following day, I approached the boat with the silent stealth of a Navy seal. Despite my splashless breaststroke, the little guy lifted his head from his sunbathing spot, shot me a glance, and spilled over the port bow like a cup of black coffee. Sly bugger, this!