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I've sailed all over New England and the northern half of the Chesapeake. There is no area more congested with floating hazards than Maine. None even close.
Note to self: Sailing in Maine. Get a house in Portland ME, retire there.
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It's no guarantee against snagging a pot, of course, but I've had pretty good luck with a length of light spectra strung taut between the trailing edge of my keel, and the bottom of my rudder...

I'd suggest anyone sailing in a place like Maine with a split underbody configure such a setup, it's a simple thing to do... Pre-rig it, attaching it to the keel before launch with a pair of snap hooks, so you can just dive on the rudder and clip it on after launch, and the travelift sling is removed...

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If you see one too late, the best reaction is to go to neutral, not try to take evasive maneuvers.
Thank you. I had not heard this before. I'll add it to my notebook for the future.
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Thank you. I had not heard this before. I'll add it to my notebook for the future.
"If you see one too late, the best reaction is to go to neutral, not try to take evasive maneuvers."

Totally - 100%. I should have mentioned that. This is our tenth or eleventh summer down in Maine and for us, just because we see so many and occasionally don't see them, yes - neutral as fast as you can.

So much easier to use the boat hook to push the line past the rudder than to have to "un-braid" very tightly wound line.

Thanks for the reminder.

We had refreshments at Danny Murphy's last evening with Jeff and Karen of Active Captain. Jeff often talks at big boat shows and his topic is often "lobster floats" and how to deal with them. He was saying that what I picked up was probably not visible at all. Many times when they are that close a pair will get "caught" together at low tide and then at high they do not break the surface, but lie in wait to grab the unsuspecting yachtie at about two feet under the surface.

True or not in my case, I do not know, but it made me feel a bit better, anyway.

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Rik,

Good job getting off. My "worst" summer for lobsta pot tangling I did it twice. The poly line can get to the point where it not only forms a birds nest around your prop, but also melts in place.

Windy, choppy, foggy, tide running, and 30' long toggles. I've gotten headaches just trying to keep watch in these conditions. You try to figure out which way the toggles are lying, so you can predict which floats are attached by trip lines. But it doesn't always work.

Nevertheless, wishin I was in Maine. Heading up mid/late August
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Just to be very explicit. Not only put the motor in neutral but center the helm if you see at the last moment you are going to run over a pot.

The motor in neutral is obvious.
Centering the helm helps with many boat because of their underwater configuration.

When you turn the helm openings between a skeg and rudder or hull and rudder can open up and make it easier to snag a line.
Centered rudder keeps the bottom as streamline as possible and hopefully with shed the line.
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