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    Re: log lines
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2003 Jun 11, 08:16 +0100

    Steven Wepster recounts his troubles with log lines, and I have had my own.
    
    I occasionally tow a Walker log from the counter, though it has to come in
    when I am trailing a mackerel line, because the two become inextricably
    tangled.
    
    As far as the log line is concerned, I am my own worst enemy. Approaching
    harbour, if I start the engine, and at some point select reverse, propeller
    and logline come into conflict. It's essential to remember to bring in the
    log first, but I am notoriously absent-minded about such things, and now on
    my last bronze spinner.
    
    I also have an electronic towed log, a spinning plastic propeller on a
    non-rotating flex, but that too can suffer in the same way.
    
    I've tried a paddlewheel log protruding through the bottom, but after a
    week or so in harbour it gets clogged by tiny shrimp-like organisms who
    find it a desirable habitat. The damn things brace their little legs to
    stop the revolving-door of the paddlewheel from rotating and ejecting them.
    I can eject them after removing the tranducer and replugging the hole, but
    in the few seconds between those acts, the resultant fountain of water gets
    everywhere. It's also unnerving to look out at green water throgh that
    hole.
    
    Usually, I just guess my speed for DR, and after owning the same craft for
    30 years I can usually guess that pretty well. Does anyone have a better
    solution?
    
    George.
    
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    contact George Huxtable by email at george---.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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