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Winding the dinghy painter on the prop shaft,..,

Discussion in 'Cruising Sailors' started by TomY, Aug 10, 2018 at 1:05 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,188 posts, 718 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    anchored off beautiful Jewel Island in Casco Bay. I’ve been wanting to test a new emergency knife. A folding knife with a replaceable razor sharp edge. Cut through the heavy painter on the shaft, like butter. Now needs the blade changed.

    A nice guy in the anchorage sent these shots of a rainbow after a passing thunderstorm and our dinghy no longer nose down under the stern.
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  2. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    2,237 posts, 822 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    Oh I hate it when these things happen. :( Glad you recovered. What type of knife?
     


  3. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,188 posts, 718 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    I’ve done it before. About 35 years ago in the Bahamas. I was due. The knife is a Razor-Lite EDC I picked up at my hardware store. It appears to be all SS , but a few days should tell. About $25.
     


  4. Rich Stidger

    Rich Stidger

    Joined Feb 10, 2004
    2,758 posts, 227 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US 1997 h40.5 Bristol, RI
    I bought a Hook Knife abut 10 years ago. It has saved me numerous times. About $70. The beauty of this knife is that you can quickly hook a line that is wrapped on your prop and simply pull. And it will attach to standard extendable poles if you need extra reach.
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  5. odaydokay

    odaydokay

    Joined Jul 5, 2011
    292 posts, 16 likes
    Oday 28
    US Madison, CT
    Glad the knife worked. We have all done that. For me, adding the little float worked wonders for years and now the bridle has one, so no more painter wrapping prop.
     


  6. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    2,237 posts, 822 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    @Rich Stidger I have one of those too. Bought it after the second prop wrap. Works well, haven't wrapped the prop since. It just sits there in a locker protecting me.
     


  7. daviddp

    daviddp

    Joined Aug 7, 2018
    3 posts, 0 likes
    US NY
    We did that while shorthanded @ the Baths in the BVI. 6 foot seas, to deep to anchor and drifting towards shore, of course no power. Tense moments, quick deployment of my scuba gear and 15 minutes later is was removed. LOVE my serrated "Spyderco"
     


  8. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,744 posts, 1,170 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    BVI, Casco Bay? Hum, hook knife for Casco Bay, SCUBA gear for the Baths. No brainer.

    - Will (Dragonfly l
     


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  9. toliver

    toliver

    Joined Nov 25, 2015
    41 posts, 3 likes
    Endeavour 32
    us Middle River, Md
    Using floating poly-line for dingy painter can almost alleviate this problem, however it is tougher to make a good Bowline
     


  10. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,737 posts, 512 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    After completing the knot using three-strand polypropylene, pass/snake/weave the bitter end (the tail) a couple of times through the lay of the standing part. It will hold.
     


  11. uncledom

    uncledom

    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    1,008 posts, 191 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    :plus:
     



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