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Anyone try mounting one of these 2 pullers on a smaller 14' boat, any issues? Not sure of the weight of a fully loaded shrimp pot and wondering if the scotty mounted in the bench seat with a metal plate underneath is secure,etc with the weight its pulling. thanks
 

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If your prawning in the sound...they aren't super heavy...likely not more than 75 lbs vs up in BC where the pots would be a lot more full.

Even with that said they put a fair amount of force on whatever it's mounted to.
 

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I expect a 14' Lund could handle a puller for prawns pots. A 14' Lund is a stable boat.

I understand Nick's suggestion of pulling pots over the bow, similar to an anchor, but I would also feel safe mounting a Scotty base + Scotty riser to the stern bench seat.

This location will be close to your battery power, and good beam mid ship to the stern. Mounting on the seat also is a flat stable mounting location, so you will not need to figure out a mounting bracket and stress the gunwale.

Be sure to check the reach of the boom to ensure the block is well outside the boat.

Good luck and please share some photos when you mount the puller.

Jeff
 

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We saw several smaller boats with line pullers on hood canal this year. One was a really small dingy with the ace line hauler. He had it coming off the back of the boat off to the side of his small outboard.
 

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Hands down the Ace is the better puller. Just look at how each of them are made. I just went through this decision before shrimping season started. The Ace worked Mike a champ.

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If the pot gets stuck on the bottom you are now anchored by the pot. Things can go bad in an instant on any boat when not anchored by the bow. I wouldn't put a trap puller anywhere but in the bow.

http://komonews.com/news/local/1-dead-2-injured-when-boat-capsizes-near-sucia-island
The only times I have had pots stuck....are after they've been out for several days and get sanded in by tide changes. For the short soak times allowed with prawns...I doubt that would be an issue. If it were a concern though you could always start pulling your pots by hand till it goes tight and pull by hand till it breaks loose and flip it back on when it's coming up.
 

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The beauty of the pot puller is that the rope is not affixed to the boat. If you let go of the rope it is free to pay out.

No worries.
What happens when the float tries to go through the pullies?

What about using a buoy and one way slip fitting or a ring to raise pot with boat like an anchor? Would that be a good option for small boat? At least wouldn't need an electrical system for it.
 

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What happens when the float tries to go through the pullies?

What about using a buoy and one way slip fitting or a ring to raise pot with boat like an anchor? Would that be a good option for small boat? At least wouldn't need an electrical system for it.
The float that you have put in the boat? If the pot is sitting on the bottom and their is still rope above the surface of the water, the line will go slack and you can easily pull the line out of the puller and toss it overboard.

I find the Ace line hauler to be very safe option for boats with a battery and alternator.

I have used the ring system and it works too but I don't really enjoy it. There are probably tips and tricks that would make it easier and smoother system to use. I try to get the shrimp pot inside the boat ASAP, because those little suckers are fast to swim out when the pot is not moving upward with steady upward pressure.
 

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We shrimped area 7 one day last month on a charter trip and used a buoy to pull the pots. Both the captain and I agreed that we lost a lot of shrimp just because it's such a slow way to bring the pot up. Definitely a disadvantage there
 

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The float that you have put in the boat? If the pot is sitting on the bottom and their is still rope above the surface of the water, the line will go slack and you can easily pull the line out of the puller and toss it overboard.

I find the Ace line hauler to be very safe option for boats with a battery and alternator.

I have used the ring system and it works too but I don't really enjoy it. There are probably tips and tricks that would make it easier and smoother system to use. I try to get the shrimp pot inside the boat ASAP, because those little suckers are fast to swim out when the pot is not moving upward with steady upward pressure.
I'm envisioning 15 knot wind and a couple knots of tidal current. Pick up float from a tight line and get line set in puller. Rocky bottom and pot hangs up. In a second or two the line is pulled tight to float. Is that a one in 10 million chance event or once a lifetime?

I appreciate the need for speed when boating the trap. What shape trap.are you guys using? A tunnel entrace?

One thing that uped my catch rate a lot IMHO was to make entrance as small as possible to just barely let shrimp in. Used to be 1 in 3 traps had big sculpin stuffed with shrimp or a sea star in it or full of small crabs. Now it's all shrimp and small fish in every trap. Would guess that entrance size reduction would also reduce shrimp leakage? :)
 
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