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post #28 of Old 01-30-2012
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While the prop in the aperture makes backing up an adventure on my full keel attached rudder Vanguard, it makes sailing through a field of lobster pots a lot less stressful. Have never snagged a pot in 20 years of sailing in Maine-I don't even try to dodge them. I'd not want to snag a pot line at 2AM with a spade rudder or foul one on my exposed prop. Most trap lines have many weighted pots attached, very easily could bend a rudder post or prop shaft. Hitting a ledge with a fin keeler even at slow speed could sink your vessel a lot easier than it would a full or 3/4 keel boat.
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