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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by mainsail1 View Post
    I think it is against my nature to sail that close to large lumps of rock. I have never gone that close and that is why the inner passage does not work for me.
    I have the same aversion to solid objects, but my prime concern with going inshore is the possibility of picking up a submerged lobster pot line. What was previously a safe place to be could very quickly deteriorate into a difficult and potentially dangerous situation.

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    What you want is a good rope cutter.

    Only run one down once (it is pretty difficult anyway with a long keel and prop protected between hull, keel and bar) but there was a loud bang and that was the end of the that. How it got any where near the rope cutter I still dont understand to this day.

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    I have the same aversion to solid objects, but my prime concern with going inshore is the possibility of picking up a submerged lobster pot line. What was previously a safe place to be could very quickly deteriorate into a difficult and potentially dangerous situation.
    Yes, I would say that is part of the 'risk assessment' that would make me conclude the risks outweigh the benefit.

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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    Depends on your keel and underwater profile, and whether you have mitigating factors like a rope cutter fitted
    Boogeying, head down, in mindless, no-nonsense sort of way

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Saguday View Post
    Depends on your keel and underwater profile, and whether you have mitigating factors like a rope cutter fitted
    and if you are motoring rather than sailing!

  6. #36
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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    Yes. We motored, because it was very calm, but we have a long keel with a protected rudder and prop so are p'raps less likely to pick up a rope - although I never assume we can't or won't.

    I have to say one reason I didn't go 'really' close inshore was concern over the pots as I didn't assume we would see them all even with 3 of us keeping a look out in good conditions.
    Boogeying, head down, in mindless, no-nonsense sort of way

  7. #37
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    I'd echo the point previously made about the inshore passage at night. I found it impossible to judge where the shore and rocks actually were when I tried, there was just a general blackness in which nothing could be made out. Going nearer merely resulted in the blackness being higher up, I reckoned I was about 50m off at the nearest point. As for pots, if there were any I never saw them.
    If I'd wanted to live in a Banana Republic I'd have gone to South America.

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    Default Re: Portland Bill

    Thank you all so much your info is of great benefit.

    Thanks again.

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