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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

I saw a Catalina 27 with a fin keel across the river from my boat that had a piece of stainless steel wire that attached to the bottom of the keel at the trailing edge that went back to the bottom of the rudder directly beneath the rudder post. The wire was stretched fairly tight, but according to the boat's owner it didn't hamper the steering at all. He said he sailed a lot at night and was constantly snagging crab pot markers near the channel of just east of Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Since he installed the stainless wire he has not snagged a single pot in three years. That's a pretty good record in this part of the world.

This year, in particular, I've seen more crab pots in Chesapeake Bay than in the past four years combined. Maryland DNR claims there's a bumper crop of blue crab this year and everyone that has a license seems to be trying to catch some clawed gold.

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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

I have found the best knife for cutting away Pots, nets, fishing lines and most anything else I have snagged is a bread knife.
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

A bread knife is "just" a long serrated knife. I've never liked or needed them, finding a plain blade that's good and sharp will do the same job. It turns out bread knives are serrated in order to break through the hard outer crust on a traditional bread, and then rip the interior creating more texture for more flavor. But mainly, to rip through the hard crust. Essentially...a wallboard saw.
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

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That is one sharp blade. I purchased one but have yet to have to use it. I am confident that it would cut through a big ball of rope in no time.

I don't carry a wet suit because I figure I can reach the prop easy with the blade attached to the pole.
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

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That is one sharp blade. I purchased one but have yet to have to use it. I am confident that it would cut through a big ball of rope in no time.

I don't carry a wet suit because I figure I can reach the prop easy with the blade attached to the pole.
Rob, you are lucky but a wetsuit is still a good idea if you need to get in the water for other things. Loose zinc, clogged engine intake, etc.

And I have had strands of old floating line tangled so badly around my prop that I had to go in.
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

I have seen many versions of this on the west coast north of San Francisco, scroll down to Daddyo post:

Propellor Guard - Trawler Forum

Another possibility might be to retrofit something like this:

sail-world.com -- Propeller Guards

With the many prop/bottom configurations no doubt something custom made would be in order.

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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

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I have seen many versions of this on the west coast north of San Francisco, scroll down to Daddyo post:

Propellor Guard - Trawler Forum

Another possibility might be to retrofit something like this:

sail-world.com -- Propeller Guards

With the many prop/bottom configurations no doubt something custom made would be in order.

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Have you actually seen such cages on a SAILBOAT? Such contraptions would create an extraordinary amount of drag...

On the other hand, with so many folks rarely bothering to sail anymore, I suppose it's all good... (grin)
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

Suggest visiting this thread for a protracted lobster pot discussion.
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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

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Have you actually seen such cages on a SAILBOAT? Such contraptions would create an extraordinary amount of drag...

On the other hand, with so many folks rarely bothering to sail anymore, I suppose it's all good... (grin)
Should have been more specific, all the ones I have seen were on commercial crab and gill net boats. The one in the picture is kind of primitive but I suppose it does the job done? Something for a sailboat could be much smaller, simpler, and made of much lighter material, perhaps some sort of plastic? Maybe something like a short skeg on each side ahead of the prop, epoxied to the hull?

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Re: Lobster Pots & a prop protection wire from Keel to Skeg?

your most likely referring to a Kort Nozzle.They are usually on commercial vessels and do not work as effectively as many people think. All i can say is during all my underwater inspections they are massive. When im tending to a wheel I actually climb inside of them

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