Originally Posted by Nicholson58
We rarely foul but our prop is well below the surface. Often, a short reverse burst Will throw off weed.
Get a folding prop.
Both of the above. We have found that, since the blades close when you are "coasting", you can give a short power burst, then glide quite a long way, till the next open spot (hopefully), but the next burst. The folded blades present a shape that is easy for the weed to slither along and fall off. The folder will also give you better sailing performance in light air..
The burst and glide (with the transmission
in neutral and the prop not turning) gives you the best chance of having the weed fall off. I'd say going to a folding prop would be the most reliable prophylaxis you're going to get...but maybe someone else has a better idea. Let's wait and see.
On edit: Seaweed has a hard time attatching to the rock substrate below 60 ft. depth
. If your cruising grounds have areas of greater than 60 ft. depth
, you should be okay there.
The hook knife is a good idea. We have used both a pruning hook and a filleting knife lashed to a boat
hook, at different times because we didn't have a hook knife. One time we caught some weed, motoring in the daytime, and Jim had to jump overboard
and cut it with a pocket knife, and tried a bread knife, as well. Kinda scary that far offshore
A long time back we knew a pair of British sailors, who got those shaft cutters after having snagged some cable on their 3 blade
prop. They are supposed to work on wire, don't know how they are for seaweed.
Good luck with it.