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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

What's your point, Rob?! ;-) Come on down!

Of course, we're just as jealous of you for the beautiful scenery, and those farther south for their beautiful beaches, and, and, and.

The water's always bluer on the other side...

But we do so love the Chesapeake!
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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

I've never had one (11 years), hit a line one time but I wasn't at the helm.

I don't motor at night, and always keep an eye out for them even when not motoring.
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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

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hit a line one time but I wasn't at the helm.
You're my idol...only one, and you were not even at the helm, and sailing a catamaran to boot!

Our skeg is usually the culprit, not the prop. Only once did I actually wrap a line around the prop, it was our first season with the boat coming in to Bodkin Creek, which can be a mine field of pots.
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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

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I've never had one (11 years), hit a line one time but I wasn't at the helm.
In the spirit of "mine is bigger than yours" I unwrapped a line from a propeller 2,000 miles away using just a satellite phone. *grin*
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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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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

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A line cutter can be rough on divers cleaning your boat bottom, and on their equipment. They aren't perfect so if you get a line wrapped in the prop that the cutter doesn't handle you have to deal with the wrap AND the line cutter. Sometimes that means a tow and a haul instead of a quick dive.
Totally agree with Dave here. When I replaced my prop shaft last year I thought about putting a line cutter on as we travel to Long Island Sound and New England and the lobster lines make the crab pots look harmless,

After looking at how sharp they really were I decided against it because as mentioned above.

1- dining on the boat I will need mail gloves to prevent from being slashed
2- my diver will be at risk in cleaning the boat
3- if I catch a crab pot and it doesn't cut it but wraps I have to work around
those razor blades
4- added weight on the shaft isn't something I really want to do.

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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

Guys, how big is your boat? The blades that might cut you are about an inch wide and are not sharp on top. It's not like walking over broken glass.

I really don't see how one would realistically cut themselves, unless careless. If you were still concerned, just turn the shaft so the blade aligns with the cutting surface, like a closed pair of scissors. No way to get cut then.

They don't weigh more than a shaft zinc either and many double up on those without giving it a second thought.
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if I did get one there's only one choice...Spurs, the rest are crap.
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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

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1- dining on the boat I will need mail gloves to prevent from being slashed
2- my diver will be at risk in cleaning the boat
3- if I catch a crab pot and it doesn't cut it but wraps I have to work around
those razor blades
4- added weight on the shaft isn't something I really want to do.

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You're clearly not aware of one of the latest developments in shaft rope/line cutters.

The quicKutter has no moving blades
I can hold the blade with the shaft turning
Divers are also happy to work with these cutters
The quicKutters as with any cutter can be swamped but there are no blades sticking out and unlike scissor or disc types even with wrapped line it will be shredded at the shaft
The cutter is not bolted to the shaft a spool is bolted to the prop, it is machined and centered on the shaft.

QuicKutters use a shaving principle like a lathe tool so there are no shock loads and they also have been shown to have no effect on performamce.

These are used by Navy and commercial vessels world wide, and fitted by builders like Christensen Yachts, Grand Banks, Aqua Star.

What you are all discussing is some old technology.
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Re: Line cutter advisable for Chesapeake Bay?

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if I did get one there's only one choice...Spurs, the rest are crap.
Really? again I think you are probably not familiar with some more recent developments in shaft protection systems.

If the rest are crap why would one of the worlds leading lifeboat services remove spurs to fit quicKutters? Many hundreds of commercial vessels have also removed scissor cutters to fit the shaver. Builders that fit quicKutters include Fleming, Christensen, Aqua star, Grand Banks and The Royal Navy.

I'd be interested to hear your arguments for why the rest are crap?
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