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Old 03-28-2023, 06:28 PM   #41
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They make a thinner model. https://anodeshack.com/zinc-salca-mi...e-cutter-anode

The blade doesn't look as sharp or strong as the expensive ones. But since it is 10x less expensive, one could spend a few minutes to sharpen it. Once sharp, it might reduce the stress on it when cutting through the line. I'm still not sure I'd have enough room for even the thinner model.
I've slung two of them off. Not worth the effort to install. And my boat is kept in a lift. First one actually cut a line but did not survive the event. Second one just parted company with the shaft.
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Old 03-29-2023, 07:56 AM   #42
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If the Maine lobster guys and gals don't like them they should stop using them their selves.
They used to use cages but cages rob speed, cost fuel.
They've figured out that spurs are more cost effective.
Best policy is to pay attention if you want to avoid the wrath of a fisherman.
BTW, if you snag one and need help, they will be there for you. They are by and large a noble group of people.

My daughter used to date a NH lobster fisherman and I know a bunch of them in my marina. "Noble" is not a word I'd use to describe them... There are a lot of substance abusers and guys that can't hold regular jobs in the lobster fishing ranks in my area. Many look and behave like they are living lobster to lobster.
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Old 03-29-2023, 09:26 AM   #43
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My daughter used to date a NH lobster fisherman and I know a bunch of them in my marina. "Noble" is not a word I'd use to describe them... There are a lot of substance abusers and guys that can't hold regular jobs in the lobster fishing ranks in my area. Many look and behave like they are living lobster to lobster.
As evidenced by the number of pots in narrow channels lobsterman do not give a s**t about putting boats in danger that results from snagging one and becoming disabled.

In fact I stopped cruising Maine because, amongst other things, of lobster pots. As pretty as Maine is the stress of pots everywhere is just not worth it.
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Old 03-29-2023, 09:43 AM   #44
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As evidenced by the number of pots in narrow channels lobsterman do not give a s**t about putting boats in danger that results from snagging one and becoming disabled.

In fact I stopped cruising Maine because, amongst other things, of lobster pots. As pretty as Maine is the stress of pots everywhere is just not worth it.
Money trumps all, and the authorities would seem to be unwilling to challenge the almighty lobster economy. Just look at the national news anytime the fishery complains. For my part, I don't eat the "bugs."
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If the Maine lobster guys and gals don't like them they should stop using them their selves.
They used to use cages but cages rob speed, cost fuel.
They've figured out that spurs are more cost effective.
Best policy is to pay attention if you want to avoid the wrath of a fisherman.
BTW, if you snag one and need help, they will be there for you. They are by and large a noble group of people.
Well said. If you call out a mayday in Maine the first responders will most likely be lobster boats. Truly a noble group of men and women that look after other seafarers.
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I've slung two of them off. Not worth the effort to install. And my boat is kept in a lift. First one actually cut a line but did not survive the event. Second one just parted company with the shaft.
I just bought one and had sufficient room to install. As I suspected, the "sprocket" is stamped stainless sheet metal, meaning that it has sharp feeling 90 degree edges instead of a sharpened knife edge. A few minutes with the chain saw file and it is actually sharp enough to draw blood during installation. 100% improvement is hopefully enough to keep it on the shaft.

The only time I've tangled my prop was by backing over my dinghy painter. Hopefully this line cutter won't get tested that way.
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Old 05-22-2023, 07:45 PM   #47
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I just bought one and had sufficient room to install. As I suspected, the "sprocket" is stamped stainless sheet metal, meaning that it has sharp feeling 90 degree edges instead of a sharpened knife edge. A few minutes with the chain saw file and it is actually sharp enough to draw blood during installation. 100% improvement is hopefully enough to keep it on the shaft.

The only time I've tangled my prop was by backing over my dinghy painter. Hopefully this line cutter won't get tested that way.
It will last as long as the zinc.
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I recently replaced a Spurs that was rubbing on my stern tube? underway. Also needed an anode somewhere (it’s a single) so thought for a second about the inexpensive anode/cutter combo. I asked Nordlund if it would just fall off when zinc failed they said yes so I said no. Might be ok if you stay right on top of it but if it’s predictably weakened with time it might not survive an encounter with a big line.
Got the shark, or one like it. Main teeth perpendicular to the shaft, plus a second set facing forward parallel to the shaft. Still thinner fore and aft than the spurs, and much simpler. If my shaft moves enough tho those forward facing teeth are gonna be a big mistake. So far so good. Can’t say if it works; Haven’t got tangled that I know of. Early days tho.
Got a “dunce cap” or bullet anode too.
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I had Spurs and never had a problem. I know it cut a line at least once. That said Iíve never heard anything bad about the other brands on the market. I think they are a great idea. They will pay for themselves if they save you one trip over the side with a dull steak knife!
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