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I have been doing KTL for five years now

Over that time I have got caught up in fishing gear - or the drifting remains of fishing gear - three times

I reckon it has cost me around £1500, the loss of ten weeks on the water and has been instrumental in me selling one boat and replacing it with one with an outboard in a well

I wonder if any of you could tell me what the fishing gear is like in your part of the world and how much getting entangled has cost you in terms of money, lost sailing days and fear

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Since this install, its cost me zero. I did hit a lone ranger about 30nm offshore from Boston last year in over 200 ft of water. How would have expected that? Went immediately to neutral. As soon as I put her back in gear, I heard a clunk and the float came out the side of the boat.

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I have been doing KTL for five years now

Over that time I have got caught up in fishing gear - or the drifting remains of fishing gear - three times

I reckon it has cost me around £1500, the loss of ten weeks on the water and has been instrumental in me selling one boat and replacing it with one with an outboard in a well

I wonder if any of you could tell me what the fishing gear is like in your part of the world and how much getting entangled has cost you in terms of money, lost sailing days and fear

Dylan
We are actually discussing just this right now in a different thread:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seaman...er-floats.html
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Fishing buoys and lobster pots are not a huge problem down here though during the lobster season there can be a few about. Nowhere near as many as I've seen off the coast of e.g Portugal where the sea was littered with the buggers.

There is a buoy off Sydney Heads thats a trap for unwary players, we've been unwary once I blushingly admit.

To add to the blushingly admitting our biggest problem was when we ran over our mooring line. Complete cockup on the communication front saw the Womboat straddle the mooring line with buoy to port and dinghy to starboard. They re-established their relationship a short time later in a menage a trois with the propellor shaft. Urk.

Poor widdle dinghy. Never been quite the same since. Has now taken to sinking if left on mooring for a day or three, spending its time skulking a couple of feet below the surface.
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I sail primarily on lake Ponchartrain near new Orleans and crab traps are a big issue. In some areas of the lake they are very densely laid in lines with barely enough room to sail through. Motoring after dark is basically a crap shoot since its almost impossible to see the tiny floats at night.
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With our full keel and protected prop, we haven't caught one yet and they are quite thick through the Florida Bay and the Keys.
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Thanks Chef. It was quite amusing to get back to our mooring after four days away to find no dinghy only to realise painter was still attached to buoy. We hauled her up and out with a spare halyard and left her dangling to drain out. Poor wee thing. Looking somewhat bedraggled but toiling on.
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Re: Lobster pots

In the last 10 years, I have probably caught 5 pots. Not a big deal. No cost or time lost except a 15 minute delay to my destination.

Floating line is illegal so most derelict gear sinks although you do still see some of the floating stuff that gets washed off the shores at the higher tides.
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