Especially in the northern Caribbean
floating debris and drift nets are a major hazard. Fishermen from poverty stricken nations are out setting drift nets off the shores of other countries trying to catch fish
that are no longer available in their home waters. The nets are buoyed by black empty plastic oil
jugs which are very difficult to see in the daytime and impossible at night. Almost worse is they use cheap
polyprop line which does not sink.
- - I snagged one such net on the way from Mayaguana to Provo and luckily I had my trusty Spurrs link cutter
, freshly sharpened to save the day. It cut loose the net and lines but a significant amount got caught by the rudder
. That knocked my speed in half for the remainder of the voyage to Provo.
- - Talking to the government
clearance officer the next morning, he went on about how these nets are raping the fish
from their prize diving
sites and ruining their tourist business. So it seems that such floating hazards are increasing these days. A good line cutter
like the Spurrs system can help save your day.