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Rockweed !@#$!!

After all the effort and care to keep the hull clean, the Atomic 4 running properly and the correct prop spinning at its optimum rpm. a small clump of Ascophyllum around the shaft ahead of the prop will immediately take 300+ rpm and is difficult to dislodge. Running against a tide and a wind it is next to impossible to back down and attempt to clear it. Sometimes, nothing short of reaching down with a boat hook will clear it away. After a good storm, rafts of this wonderful weed become a bigger performance problem than any of the mechanical or design issues I face.

I do not have a shaft mounted line cutter. Wondering and hoping that might be a simple solution. Anyone had a problem with rockweed? Any suggestions?

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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

Yep, happens all the time in the Chesapeake's upper reaches. I put that A4 in reverse, rev the engine a second or two, and I'm on my way.

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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

You think you've got problems, try dodging kelp paddies all day. The stuff gets 40+ feet long.
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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

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Yep, happens all the time in the Chesapeake's upper reaches. I put that A4 in reverse, rev the engine a second or two, and I'm on my way.

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Thanks for the reply, Gary. That does work for me when it is possible to do it. There are enough times when it isn't possible. There are times when avoiding or even seeing it is more difficult than avoiding lobster pots. It can be a "continuous" problem at times.

Riding along in a channel with a strong tide running, the wind on the nose and a sea of lobster pots, I need the extra rpms. I can slog along if clearing the rockweed hasn't been successful. I would like to engineer that little PITA away. I am wondering if anyone has installed a line cutter and seen this old sea weed problem vanish as a result.

I avoid lobster pots fairly well. With my fin and spade they get my respect. I have several friends who are lobster fishermen. Having a knife that might result in cutting off their gear because I hadn't been careful about avoiding it has been a hurdle for me. I have never cut a lobster pot float away. I expect I won't with a line cutter either. I want the rockweed to go away.

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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

In Chesapeake Bay we have crab pots, more than a half million of them every summer. This year, however, they have not been a problem, mainly because the commercial crabbers have once again wiped out the crabs, and from the latest information, they've also wiped out the striped bass as well - they've had a lot of practice at this over the years.

Fortunately, I have a full-keel on my Morgan 33 Out Island, and a keel mounted rudder. Consequently, it's nearly impossible to snag a crab pot buoy line, which is the way I like it. Now, when I had a fin keeled 27 Catalina, I snagged one nearly every day. Also snagged a lot more vegetation as well. That full keel is a lifesaver as far as I'm concerned. Sure is a SOB to back up, though.

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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

Invest in a set of Spurs and forget about the problem!

Gary
The bass fishing has been terrible the last few years up here. 10 years ago I would catch 20 fish a night, I catch and release. This year I caught 0 all year!
I suspected the commercial harvest in the Hudson and Chessy.
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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

Last time I was up your way, it was mentioned that many of the lobster fishermen were using steel cable on their trap lines. If this is true, even cutters won't help, and if the pots are in a navigable channel, I would think the fishermen would be liable for damage to your vessel. One trip from Newport to Providence, though I remained within the buoyed shipping channel, there was no clear path up the bay. I understand these guys want to make a living, but they should leave others some channel through the waters they wish to fish in.
As for the weed, I'd never heard of it before your post, so I've no thoughts there.
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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

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Invest in a set of Spurs and forget about the problem!

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The bass fishing has been terrible the last few years up here. 10 years ago I would catch 20 fish a night, I catch and release. This year I caught 0 all year!
I suspected the commercial harvest in the Hudson and Chessy.
Jim
This year's school of new stripers on the Upper Chesapeake .... very very few to almost NONE! .... of the few being caught almost all are extremely small and underweight, VERY FEW 'keepers'. At least the few 'keepers' arent wormy.

I havent seen striper (called 'rockfish' in Mer'lin) fishing this bad since the late 1980s and then again back to the 60s when the Russian trawlers were sucking up every possible life form in the 'surf' along the NJ/DE/MD and VA coasts.

The turbidity on the Upper Bay for the past few years .... looks like diarrhea water that you can almost walk on. WE did have a severe duckweed problem this summer on the upper eastern shore; better than the usual highly toxic cyano-bacteria/algae blooms, I guess.

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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

Very disappointing
All the time and work that went into the most successful recovery program for fish wasted.
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Re: Rockweed !@#$!!

There really wasn't a lot of work that went into the recovery - they just passed a law that said you can't kill them for a couple years. Works every time. If you don't kill them, they can reproduce. Amazing how that works.

As for the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Program - it's a joke, it has always been a farce, and nothing less. The bay will never be cleaner than it is right now. It don't take more money, it just needs a common sense approach, but because politics and big business in involved, it will never happen - ever.

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