When we were bringing High Flight back to the Columbia River a week ago, we wanted to enter Gray's Harbor to see what it was like. Hadn't been in to Westport before by boat, so we were just checking it out. Well, during the last 5 or so miles approaching the Gray's Harbor Bar, we entered a 'field' of crab pots. It was thick with them, like a mine field. It was late in the day so if we had snagged one we would have been wrestling with it in the dark. The seas (wind waves) were 3 to 4, making it very difficult to spot the rascals with enough time to do anything about them.
So here's my idea.
Needing to haul my boat in the next month, I thought about installing a cable attached to the bottom of the keel that 'stretched' back to the bottom of the rudder. A bolt set into the lead keel, and another into the fiberglass rudder bottom end, would provide an attachments that a thimble could fit over. Selecting the right spot on the bottom of the rudder would allow the rudder to pivot with steering and not place any load on the cable and rudder. The thought is that a crab pot line would slide down the cable, keeping it away from the prop and the upper leading edge corner of the rudder.
Does this make sense to anyone? Any other ideas?
S/V High Flight #2109
Pacific Northwest, PDX-based
2002 C-36 mkII SR/FK M35B