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Mosquito Screens for Yachts for your happiness and your health

Flexiscreens for yachts
Flexiscreens will keep you young and cheerful.

On the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia we have a special section on staying healthy while cruising in the tropics - what to do and what not to do. One of the important things you should not do is get bitten by mosquitoes - or stung by mud wasps, eaten alive by gnats, or annoyed by flies. The mossies are by far the most dangerous as in New Caledonia they can carry several species of blood viruses called Dengue Fever.

Of course these dangers and annoyances are common anywhere you will be cruising so having a first line of defense is really mandatory.

yacht screen for companionway

Coming from south Florida I knew this when I first bought the Moira in 1976 and I had screen drop slides made to fit by the boat yard in Taiwan. I've changed the screens a few times over the years but the teak drop slide in this image has protected us for 35 years.

Since we live in the tropics and the mossies can be really dangerous we have always put in the screens at dusk - without fail - even if we have not seen or heard any mossies there before. It's a habit. So it has to be easy to do.

The opening hatches and portholes also need screens. At first we had teak framed screens that plugged in to the hatch opening. But these were heavy, difficult to store, and if it started raining in the middle of the night there was a danger of accidentally dropping the screen on our head when we opened it to close the hatch. Well, more than a danger actually since I really did drop it on Freddy's head once and she claims she still has the scar.

Some 10 years ago I discovered magnetic screens and although they were expensive I got a set for all three of our hatches. They have a flexible magnetic rubber frame that sticks to a magnetic strip that is attached to the frame of the hatch. They worked fine but there were some problems. For one thing the magnets began to get weaker and the screens would sometimes drop out with a strong gust of wind.

Even worse, when we had to close the hatch quickly (because of rain) the whole screen inevitably dropped off and needed to be put back. Not big issues, but after 10 years the magnets were not holding all that well. The magnetic screens also needed to be kept in place - or stored perfectly flat or they would take on a "bend" and not hold anymore.

Then, a couple of months ago, I happened to find Flexiscreens are held onto the hatch frame using Velcro. They are slightly less expensive than the magnetic screens and have some interesting advantages.

First of all, you can order them easily on the website and they take Paypal for payment. Whenever possible I pay with Paypal - it's quick, nobody but paypal knows my credit card details, and I never get that annoying "credit card rejected" from overcautious website.

Flexiscreens was fast - the screens I ordered were in the mail in a couple of days - of course the postal system took it's own sweet time getting the screens all the way from Australia to Noumea (two weeks) but when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised to discover the screens were of very high quality, strong, well made, and a perfect fit.


Here is how we installed Flexiscreens on the Moira

Here is the screen out of the package. The coil of Velcro "hook" tape has a plastic backing to protect the sticky surface.

Mosquito screen for yachts

Freddy measures the new screen to see exactly where to put the anchor tape.

fly screens for yachts

The surface has to be smooth and clean. Freddy removes the plastic backing as she tacks the anchor tape in place.

yacht screens

Next the tape has to be pressed solidly to be sure it adheres everywhere and there are no bubbles. The Velcro sticks well and you don't want to pull off the anchor tape when removing the screen. We used a roller that we use for patches on the inflatable and other jobs aboard - but a spoon or plastic spatula would work OK.

hatch screens for yachts

Once all four sides are in place and rolled tight the screen is easy as can be to put on.

yacht screen easy to undo

To open or close the hatch - or to lock it when leaving the boat - all we need to do is pull down one corner like this. Bliss is not having the whole thing flop on your head in the middle of the night when it starts to pour. And, come to think of it, there is a good chance that the mossie which has been patiently sitting on the screen over our heads at night will not be able to get in if we just open one corner and quickly close the hatch and reseal the screen.

mosquito screens

And unlike the magnetic screen shown here for comparison, flexiscreens can be rolled up to stow out of the way when they are not needed. Although we are not likely do do that because we ALWAYS put the screens in at dusk.

So for all of you looking for happiness, health, and great nights while cruising - head over to and order your screens right now. Don't leave home without them.


Staying Healthy While Cruising

The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia has a special section on how to stay healthy while cruising the the tropics. This could literally save your life and if you download the cruising guide and read the section on staying healthy while cruising you will most assuridly make your cruising safer and happier. This one feature of the Cruising Guide will earn back what you spent for it if you can avoid a visit to a hospital or a doctor.


Call Richard 87 95 63 to purchase the guide directly from the author or purchase the guide from Chloe at Yacht Agent Noumea Ocean Services- her phone number, email and location are on the Noumea Ocean website.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia DVD

Order the 2017 Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on DVD

Includes the companion Activity and Travel Guide.
Works on Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (OSX 10.7 or later).

This is an excellent gift for someone who plans on cruising, chartering, surfing, kayaking or diving in New Caledonia.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

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Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €125.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €145.00.

DVD nautical guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Special 4 Guide set:

Cruising and Travel Guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia

If you are also planning to cruise Vanuatu, we have a special offer for all 4 guides that includes the New Caledonia cruising and tourism guides plus the latest Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and it's companion Travel Guide to Vanuatu.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €210.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €220.00.


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After payment you will be transferred to a page with installation instructions and download links..

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Windows Download New Caledonia

Requires XP or later

Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.

Mac Download New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation file for the guide is 403MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 561MB - Euro €125.00.

Windows Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Windows XP or later

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00

Mac Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 225MB, 494MB , 403MB, 561MB - Euro 210.00