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post #21 of 23 Old 08-17-2011
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I agree with downeast advice. We dont have the lobster pts here on the Chessie, but the crab pots can be a real pain in the entrance to a lot of the creeks and rivers. The are supposed to maitain "flot free" channels, but thats a joke.

I noticed on our last run down from Pooles Island to Rock Hall/ Patapsco the middle of the Bay was covered with a blkanket of red, greens, blacks, and yellows...more than in years past. At night they are very hard to see.

I will be installing a wrap cutter to make our night trips less "exciting"

Just don't believe that a wrap cutter solves all your problems. To begin with, they only work when you are motoring not when sailing (which is nearly always for me, other than when entering and leaving the marina which is float-free). I have one installed for years and still have to deal with crab pots that get wrapped around the rudder or the prop.
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All this talk makes me glad I have an "old school" boat, Full keel with attached rudder with the prop in an apeture in the rudder. I sail out of the Mystic area and never alter course for Lobster pots. They pass under the keel and out the back...............nothing to snag on. To date I have not snagged a lobster pot. True, my boat is hard to dock in a slip and may not point quite as high but for my sailing area I'll take the full keel/attached rudder configuration any day over a fin keel/seperate rudder.
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post #23 of 23 Old 08-17-2011
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Yup! True that! Your hull configuration is the answer to moving through the mess.

I was considering mounting a piece of ss cable between the fin and the leading edge of my rudder. I went as far as preparing the fittings and drilling a hole in the keel. My design would have mounted a small "bail" on the rudder so a loose fitting cable could swing through the rudders scope. It still sounds like it will work. It should deflect lines an wouldn't add appreciable performance concerns. I may dig that box of stuff out and give it a try next season.

Has anyone done it or seen it done?

Adding a 3 blade prop may have slowed me down a little but I don't notice it. The A-4 is happier and I have reverse power now. I would trade a little more drag for no worries.

Your hull has a lot of other comforting qualities to recommend it. I will stay with the pointing and speed we get from our fin/spade.

We do have a small Marshal Catboat that makes the lobster pot issue moot!

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