Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stow-aways Discovered, and Expelled!

Even after flushing a bunch of lobster trap debris out of our props back in Portland (see Portland, ME), there was still a noticeable wobble in the boat.  Much less, but still noticeable.

For the past week or so the boat has been getting a much needed refresh of its varnished exterior wood, and to make the job easier, the boat yard hauled her. And guess what we found?

Entangled trap lines

Entangled Trap Lines

You would think we would have at least gotten some lobsters out of all this?  It took close to 15 minutes to cut it all loose and the result was a pile of line the size of a watermelon.  Normally I'd feel guilty about trashing someone's trap lines, but not this time.  If they are going to lay them out so densely in northern Maine that you can't navigate through them, then trap loss will just have to be a cost of business for lobster men.  Everywhere else it's not a problem to dodge them, but up there the only solution is sharp cutters and more throttle.


  1. Do you have line cutters on the prop shaft? If so, do they not work or are the lines too thick?

  2. I do now! Installing cutters was at the top of my list after this little incident. At this point I can't tell you how effective they are, and in many ways I may never know. With cutters, no news is good news, but is also no proof of effectiveness. I'll only ever know if they are NOT effective and I get tangled again.


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