Leaving Little Shark River at daybreak, the sailing was great. Could have used just a bit more wind, but that will come later in the day. The nicest thing about sailing along the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park is there’s no commercial fishing allowed. That translates into NO CRAB POTS!
No stress watching for haphazard pots all the time! Relaxed, had coffee & breakfast all while just sailing. Unlike the previous morning, it had been warmer so there was no huge differential in land temperatures and sea temperatures turning the wind into an unanticipated gusty craziness and our sail into Mr Toad’s Wild Ride!
Unfortunately the relaxed sail ended literally the minute we passed the Northwest Cape Marker! Literally we were in the middle of the nightmare Halloween corn maze with no end in sight … and several hours later we were still in the same situation. Several boats that left with us only had up one sail so they could negotiate more nimbly through the pots. In the distance we can see the crabbers busy making a living so the world can enjoy fresh crab.
Meanwhile the dolphins play, the sun shines and we’re just enjoying the bright day and the warmer weather. We can actually roll up our isenglass for the first time in several days since the last cold front came through at Panther Key.
The crab pot labyrinth continues to get worse – more crab pot balls, closer together and more random than we’ve ever seen them. I hope these guys are making a good living because they are certainly making sailing Florida Bay a bit stressful.
When we hauled out last November, we contemplated adding a line cutter to our prop. Over the last several years, we’ve contemplated the same. But we’ve always decided that we didn’t want to add a line cutter because we didn’t want to cut crab pot lines – after all the pots are there because hard working fisherman want to earn a livelihood and support their families.
Do you have a line cutter on your propeller shaft? Anyone else have thoughts about the pros and cons of adding a line cutter for a propeller? The great debate rages on! If so, please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan & David