CHOOSE THE RIGHT SAILPLAN 1
The area we were sailing through had numerous buoys with flags but they were not very visible. Goosewinged with a whisker pole was not the right sailplan for rapid course changes.
In such a location sailing with the engine out of gear with a free spinning prop probably sealed our dilemma with the wrap. In gear, it is possible that we would have been able to deflect the line away, or even if forced to cut it we might have been able to pull the line clear.
We kept an active lookout but missed the floating line. In future we will assume every lobster pot has a long floating line and will take avoiding action.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE CAREFULLY 3
Try and sail away from frequently potted areas by diverting as necessary. Nighttime might not prove so easy.
CHECK THE TIDE 4
Be mindful of tide height, set and wind direction. Low tide would very likely leave more line on the surface and a reasonable breeze and tidal set extend the line further from its normal position.
PREPARE TO CALL FOR HELP 5
Even with the above precautions, a long floating line is a real and potentially dangerous obstacle that can put crew and vessel in imminent danger. If in any doubt, be prepared to make at least a PAN PAN call or even a MAYDAY.