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Old 08 October 2012, 14:49   #11
Country: UK - England
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Lot thicker than fishing line, thick old bit of net , no way it was going behind the prop and the stop was certainly violent, just hope my splines aren't now a shallow screw thread. We use this area a lot for rough water power trim training...been interesting riding with the waves at speed.

had to call divers out,
yep dragged a few casualties in with similar problems. One guy said it was the chancellors fault cos the red diesel situation had made him scale down to one engine!
50 pax on a 38ft boat with a 240hp? Now there is an exciting ride

This lot came out of our port jet on one of the cats during flood conditions that swilled everything down the river and into the dock. Dead sheep, railway sleepers still attached to railway track and this re-enforced b****y sheeting that we sucked up through a jet grille. Now that was a bugga to get out as half of it was wrapped round the impeller and shaft and the rest was still outside of the grill and in open water. We dragged it out of the jet chamber into the engine room with a block and tackle whilst we chopped it as best we could with the trusty s/s Wilkinson's bread knife. Now that really is a good knife!
Awful job in mid winter with water at nigh on freezing and your arm down in the jet but at least we could do it without craning out or employing a diver!
PS the Jalleta boot is there to show the amount of debris...we probably didnt have a workman in there as well
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Old 09 October 2012, 08:06   #12
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50 pax on a 38ft boat with a 240hp? Now there is an exciting ride

Yeah! nothing exciting @ max 10 knots I can assure you, and yes 50 + 2 crew was pretty loaded but DOT approved, the 240hp was plenty though as we used to tow 3ton mooring blocks ashore out of season. she would fight a 7knt tide only making 2/3 knt headway at wot fully loaded.

Mustav been quit a shock being stalled at 35+ knts though, can't say i'd like to experience that. trouble is with drifting nets like that is you've very little chance of spotting as there generally a few inch below the surface with no tell tail marker. usually small sections that get ripped off the trawl.
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Old 09 October 2012, 10:22   #13
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I have one of these... good for ribs as no sharp point but would carve through rope in seconds...
is it stainless?Could I take it diving?

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