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08-12-2012 08:03 AM
PalmettoSailor
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

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Originally Posted by Kutter View Post
Interesting that some have noticed that line can get between the prop and cutter, I assume this was with scissor or disc cutters as this is what we have seen on fishing boats. Net and pot boats.

The quicKutter was designed to shave off debris that is caught by a prop in this way and protects from the build up of debris. It is also safe for divers to work with as there are no scissor blades or any blades that revolve with the shaft. So even if you need a diver they can rotate the shaft with no risk to their fingers.

It does need a spool attached to the prop to give a flat surface for debris to wrap onto, they are used by the Royal Navy and the RNLI as well as Christensen, Aqua Star to name a few.
Its a bit hard to tell but it looks as if that device would completely block off any water flow through your cutlass bearing. Wouldn't that cause it to wear faster?
08-12-2012 07:36 AM
Maine Sail
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

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Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
I wish they would work a little harder to place their crab traps, fish nets and buoys outside of marked channels and away from aids to navigation on the Chesapeake Bay, particularly for those of us who sail at night.

Are they placing them near the NavAids because they are easy to find? I suppose some animals frequent the channel bank to feed, but they could easily locate these markers farther away from boat traffic.

I sailed into the entrance to the Great Wicomico River at night in late June. The next morning when I left the river, I was amazed that I had not run into one of the unmarked, unlighted fish traps positioned close to either side of the channel leading into the river, or one of the numerous crab traps surrounding the navigational aids.

Many of these floats and traps have become serious hazards to navigation on the Bay.

You might look into the Maryland laws on trap placement. In Maine there is no restriction on where you can place them... If you find they are placed illegally a call to the state fisheries department can sometimes help..
08-12-2012 07:13 AM
jameswilson29
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

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Originally Posted by mgiguere View Post
....after all, I ran into the buoy and am at fault. These guys work hard for every dollar...
I wish they would work a little harder to place their crab traps, fish nets and buoys outside of marked channels and away from aids to navigation on the Chesapeake Bay, particularly for those of us who sail at night.

Are they placing them near the NavAids because they are easy to find? I suppose some animals frequent the channel bank to feed, but they could easily locate these markers farther away from boat traffic.

I sailed into the entrance to the Great Wicomico River at night in late June. The next morning when I left the river, I was amazed that I had not run into one of the unmarked, unlighted fish traps positioned close to either side of the channel leading into the river, or one of the numerous crab traps surrounding the navigational aids.

Many of these floats and traps have become serious hazards to navigation on the Bay.
08-11-2012 10:33 PM
capta
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

Last summer in Narragansett Bay, going from Newport to Providence the channel was littered with trap buoys. A slight chop made many invisible until i was upon them. Not near the channel, not close to the channel, right in the buoyed shipping channel. There was not a clear path, period.
I think these fishermen should be required to use significantly sized buoys with their fishing ID numbers prominently displayed on them & if they wish to fish in the channels, they should take responsibility for their actions and pay for damages they cause by not leaving a fairway for vessel travel. I worry not at all about THEIR losses of equipment, just the cost to me when they do not leave me any clear route, IN A BUOYED CHANNEL.
07-21-2012 04:26 AM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

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Originally Posted by Kutter View Post
Interesting that some have noticed that line can get between the prop and cutter, I assume this was with scissor or disc cutters as this is what we have seen on fishing boats. Net and pot boats.

The quicKutter was designed to shave off debris that is caught by a prop in this way and protects from the build up of debris. It is also safe for divers to work with as there are no scissor blades or any blades that revolve with the shaft. So even if you need a diver they can rotate the shaft with no risk to their fingers.

It does need a spool attached to the prop to give a flat surface for debris to wrap onto, they are used by the Royal Navy and the RNLI as well as Christensen, Aqua Star to name a few.
That was me who had the incident with line caught between prop and cutter. Indeed, I have a disk cutter.

I googled quickutter. They say this happens frequently when going astern. Indeed, this is exactly when I had the problem.

What I did NOT find was any indication how much this 'shaving' system (quickutter) costs and where it is sold.
07-21-2012 03:37 AM
Kutter
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

Interesting that some have noticed that line can get between the prop and cutter, I assume this was with scissor or disc cutters as this is what we have seen on fishing boats. Net and pot boats.

The quicKutter was designed to shave off debris that is caught by a prop in this way and protects from the build up of debris. It is also safe for divers to work with as there are no scissor blades or any blades that revolve with the shaft. So even if you need a diver they can rotate the shaft with no risk to their fingers.

It does need a spool attached to the prop to give a flat surface for debris to wrap onto, they are used by the Royal Navy and the RNLI as well as Christensen, Aqua Star to name a few.
06-23-2012 02:14 PM
sawingknots
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

thats not going to help you much if the pot gets pulled up into your wheel and demolishes it and maybe your shaft!
06-23-2012 01:41 PM
jppp
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

I keep a mask, regulator and small tank on board. One never knows.
06-23-2012 01:35 PM
sawingknots
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

this is a growing problem thats only going to get worse,more boaters and fewer places to crab/lobster in,makes me think of the old west between the cattle men and the homesteaders [fences etc] I've accidently snaged a pot or two before and thats not fun,pot bouys are hard to see when theres lots of chop! the next time i haul my boat i'm going to put on a slasher
06-23-2012 12:18 PM
mgiguere
Re: Tips and tricks for getting rid of crab/lobster floats

I've always cut one end of the line and cleated it off. Once cut, the buoy can be retrieved from the other side. I then re-tie it and throw it over. All done without going in, but have to take down the sails and use a boat hook. It just takes a little time, but I figure it's worth it....after all, I ran into the buoy and am at fault. These guys work hard for every dollar. The Chesapeake is easy in comparison to some places in Maine. If it's wrapped around the prop and you're motoring....then you have bigger problems.
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