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Question Prop/Shaft Cutters?

I have contemplated getting one for a while, the main reason for not is safety concerns when swimming or cleaning the bottom. I mostly catch a line when sailing, not motoring? I'm also not so keen on just cutting a line to someones crab pot because I wasn't paying attention (except for those who insist on putting their pots in the channels ) Last season my prop was fouled by the grass around Tangier Island and I also caught a piece of rope which I was able to get off in reverse.

I rarely see one of any-kind installed, so maybe that answers the question itself?

But if you were to recommend one what would it be? I like the Shaft Shark, mostly because of the ease of installation. This review doesn't mention the Shark, but one very similar. http://www.prop-protector.co.uk/SAIL...acc16d5a90691e

The Spurs seems to be a good design, but more involved installation: Spurs Marine - Shaft Mounted Cutters
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Spurs hands down. Though I am in Maine and no longer use them after an unfortunate diving accident with one where I sliced my hand using the Shaft Razor version. It's a razor all right, just not one that always cuts the line....

They are NOT fool proof and you can still pick up a floating line that will foul them and need to dive. They do seem to cut connected line but not always floating, which we get lots of with a spring tide. I prefer to not dive with one mounted as they become very, very dangerous...
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I saw the Spurs display at the New England Boat Show in Boston, it was very impressive and didn't seem to complicated as long as you get your shaft size correct.
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Chef,

Here is another in the "spurs" style. I can vouch for these, though they too will slice you every year as you clean the prop.

Ambassador Marine - Home of the Stripper Propeller Protector

Here is a test/comparison article from Sailing Today (UK - I think) http://www.ropestripper.com/document...opecutters.pdf
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Lightbulb Lines and cutters

The Ericson sailors gave this topic a good airing along with some philosophy for added value, a while back.
Line Cutter opinions? - EY.o Information Exchange

(Not that "reinventing the wheel" is a bad thing, or 'net forums would be a lot less interesting...)


I should add that we still have not "tested" ours, having dodged every line we have seen so far.

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I would recommend not installing one... they're dangerous and don't always work. Being aware of what is around your boat when underway makes much more sense IMHO.
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