Is a prop rope-cutter really worthwhile?
QI recently heard of rope cutters that can be installed on the propshaft to cut away anything that tries to get around the propeller. Would they be suitable for narrowboats? HORNBLOWER, via the CB website
ATONY REPLIES… They are suitable and those that have them seem to swear by them, but you need enough space between the prop and where the shaft comes out of the hull (pictured right) to get one onto the shaft. I have some doubts as to how they would cope with bulky items like duvets, and I am certain they would not remove tyres that can get around the prop, so in those circumstances, extra care is required using the weedhatch.
However, unless you are boating in a very urban area, I wonder if you either have a deep drafted boat or tend to drive the boat too fast for the water depth, especially through bridges.