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Old 28-02-2014, 14:35   #31
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Re: Dodging Crab Buoys or Not?

Seems to me then that an underbody configuration less inclined to snags should be a higher priority when choosing a boat for cruising?
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Old 28-02-2014, 14:38   #32
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Re: Dodging Crab Buoys or Not?

You cannot see them at night, at all, and sometimes you travel at night, but we do try to avoid the places that we know are littered with them. No way will they all ever be lit, at least in my lifetime.

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Seems to me then that an underbody configuration less inclined to snags should be a higher priority when choosing a boat for cruising?

Not really. If anything it should be a higher priority when choosing a weekend sailing boat that is more often in water with crab and lobster pots. Once I get 5 or so miles away from the coast I stop even looking for them.
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Not really. If anything it should be a higher priority when choosing a weekend sailing boat that is more often in water with crab and lobster pots. Once I get 5 or so miles away from the coast I stop even looking for them.
My experience has been distance from shore is not so much the key as how deep the water is. Going from the Marquesas to Dry Tortugas is 40 miles or so, but a lot of it is in fairly shallow water. Same for the Bahama Banks, you are out of sight of land in 10 feet of water as far as the eye can see.

The really fun part is when funky current/wind conditions result in a 90 foot line on a float in 10 feet of water is under your boat in a U shape, or even worse when it is in a circle.
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The really fun part is when funky current/wind conditions result in a 90 foot line on a float in 10 feet of water is under your boat in a U shape, or even worse when it is in a circle.
No the really "funny" thing is when you are 20 miles from the nearest land and in 200' of water and there is a chain of lobster floats that of course you are heading straight for even though those are the only things around. That is why I'm positive that pot floats and fiberglass hulls have a magnetic attraction to each other.
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