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Old 09-16-2013
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Re: Learned something(s) today

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I had a similar thought, Jon, but the cutter idea does have some merit, especially if you're in an area that has lots of crab/fish pots.
Sure, I have a serrated cutter, myself... If you already have the space between the strut and the prop for one, a split version can be installed without hauling the boat. If you don't have the space for one, however, chances are you'll need a new, longer shaft...

A length of spectra run between the trailing edge of the keel and the bottom of the rudder can help, as well - I usually rig one before heading up to Maine...
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I've got a cutter, and a inclination to avoid marina's that indicate stray electricity in their marina is so much it's harmful to divers.
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Re: Learned something(s) today

I have a Spurs cutter. Much less expensive than a haul out. Fairly easy to install, when you come out for the winter.

I hit a pot about 30nm off the coast of Boston. We were motoring in absolute dead calm. My wife still swears it had already been cut and was adrift, rather than actually being set out there. It's possible.

The bottom line is, the float was black and half submerged. I didn't see it until it just slipped under the hull. Rather than pull to neutral, as one should, I ridiculously tried evasive maneuvers and grabbed the line. Then went to neutral, like I should have initially!

A quick drop in forward did nothing. Then reverse and I heard it clunk and the float came up from under the boat. Good to go.

The alternative would have been to have to go swimming in the Gulf of Maine in June. I will never be without a cutter again.

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Re: Learned something(s) today

We used double headsails for any dead downwind sailing if it was going to be more than a few hours, this was mid Atlantic
On the rope cutter front there are three distinct types of cutter to consider the scissor (spurs/gator/stripper) Many disc types serrated or not (prop protector is one) and shaver (quicKutter)
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