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I have had three catches in Charleston harbor in past two years. I agree that there ought to be a law about float colors. Lots of guys here seem to favor black, dark blue or sea green. Go figure. Anyway each time I have been caught I was able to get myself off. Simple trick. Point into whatever current exists... go below and grab drive shaft with hand and spin it in reverse. Don't use engine for this as there may be too much torque. But working by hand you will feel if there is room to rotate the shaft. Always nice to see that float pop up behind. Just don't forget that if you have to dive on it to cut you have now entered into a salvage situation in which case you have full rights to contents. :-)
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DaisysDriver sez: "... there ought to be a law about float colors."

Here along the Neuse, they seem to like plastic milk jugs.
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DaisysDriver sez: "... there ought to be a law about float colors."

Here along the Neuse, they seem to like plastic milk jugs.
Same here in RI. Makes the wate look all junked up. While the pots are more numerous by multiples in Maine, they must have a law that requires a specific design and color coding. Much more professional looking. Around here we just see a permit number written on a random plastic jug.


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I guess I'm fortunate in that I have a full-keel boat that does not snag lobster and crab pot float lines. I sail through them all the time at night, hear them rubbing along the hull and they all slide off the end of the rudder without snagging anything. :
This is my experience as well. I've never snagged one with my folkboat in years of trying.

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Same here in RI. Makes the wate look all junked up. While the pots are more numerous by multiples in Maine, they must have a law that requires a specific design and color coding. Much more professional looking. Around here we just see a permit number written on a random plastic jug.
Maine definitely has better laws , or people follow them better, about the lobster floats. In Mass I especially like the prestone antifreeze jug floats
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In Maine you can use the placement of lobster pots to help you navigate shallow areas. Where there are pots, its deep enough to sail. If there seems to be a hole in the middle of a field of pots, that is where the rock or ledge you are seeing on the chart/GPS is. I have picked up my share of pots as my rudder configuration has a little bite in it where the partial skeg ends. The rope can sneak in there and get stuck. If I had my druthers they would be outlawed from channels, but that does not seem to get enforced in Maine.
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I don't remember the type of sailboat, but I was delivering it from Main to Newport, Rhode Island. I told the owner I would normally do the trip nonstop but because of all the lobster pots, I would stop for the night. He told me not to worry, he never ever snagged a pot with his boat. I delivered the boat, sailed right through hundreds of pots, and never got one snag. I can't explain it.
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. Where there are pots, its deep enough to sail.
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Fish traps can be a pain in the ass...
FISH TRAPS SHOULD BE INTERNATIONALLY ILLEGAL! They are generally poorly marked, therefore very hard to avoid and usually set in high traffic areas.
They, like longlines, have a massive by-catch which is thrown away by the fishermen. They kill indiscriminately, big fish, little fish, spawning fish, and when the line does get cut by a boat, they continue to kill for YEARS.
I haven't seen a grouper of any size in the West Indies for years and neither has any fisherman I've asked, and this can be directly linked to the use of fish traps throughout the islands.

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