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Sailing on the Chesapeake #9

By handlerstudio  
Early morning on Dunn's Cove on the Choptank.. No crab pots in this part of the Bay. The watermen use "trotlines" instead. Two ends of a line are anchored a fair distance apart, often using engine blocks as anchors. They bait the line, which might be 1/4 mile long, with spaces in between, attracting crabs (blue crabs---the best) The run the line over a pulley, often a car wheel, and using hand nets, grab the crabs as they come up---never letting go of the bait. Out in much of the Bay, usually in 20' of water or less, there are lots of crab pots, which as a sailor, we are always on the lookout for. You don't want to run over one, as they tend to snag on the rudder---or worse---on the propeller. If you get one, you need to go under and cut it off. I've done it. If you try to run the engine with a crab pot hanging on, you can kill the transmission or even the engine. The line will jam.

Not always, but most workboats are named after women.


Tags: Chesapeake bay Crabbing Landscape and travel

Voters: Spkr51, bobpaige1, IreneClarke and 18 more

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Spkr51 5 United States
28 Jun 2017 6:26AM
Beautiful view ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2017 9:25AM
A great set PeterGrinGrin

Bantu 8 7 1 India
28 Jun 2017 9:48AM
Interesting sailing and captures Peter.

dimalexa 4 5 Greece
28 Jun 2017 10:19AM
Beautiful set, Peter!
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
28 Jun 2017 10:20AM
I enjoy looking at boats with my feet on terra firma Peter!
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2017 1:27PM
Interesting write up Peter and Julia looks a fine craft.

28 Jun 2017 1:45PM
Beautiful set of images
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2017 6:52AM
Must have been a good crossing to do...
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