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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?
Since the question is about Chessy crab pots, I'll defer to the locals. If you ever fancy coming up to New England, especially Maine, but also RI, you may want one.
I never had one and was one of the lucky ones to never grab a submerged line that was unseen. But know that you can't always dodge everything, some of it is out of sight. I installed one before my cruise to Maine a couple of years back. Made it up and down the Maine coast without a single snag. Some of those lobster pot fields have to be seen to be believed!!
Then motoring in a dead calm about 30nm off the coast of Boston, I grab a line on a pot in the middle of no where. My wife swears it was pot that had already been cut free closer to shore. Maybe.
I had to go to idle and then back to reverse to get the cutter to free it, but it worked like a charm. I hate to think of having to dive the prop out there.
We have a Spurs cutter. Not expensive, may be $275? Fairly easy to install yourself, depending on your shaft arrangement.
Unlike the reported experience of walking the hard around the Chessy, you'll find them on most shafts up here, but not all.
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