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No, not the whacky stuff we like to smoke here up north.

The 2 marinas on our prairie lake have developed a weed overgrowth problem. Every sail and power boat leaving the marinas drag a big clump of weeds out into the lake with them. If the wind is lite these clumps just float around the lake just waiting to wrap themselves around my Hot Foot 20s keel. We had a 4 race regatta a couple of weeks ago and I managed to collect a gift of said weed 3 of the 4 races. Not good. 

 

What to do? Sell my Hot Foot and buy a boat with a  keel that can be lifted under way like an S2 or Santana 23. Or, should I look into a kelp cutting blade for the leading edge of me keel?  Where would I find a blade? Thinking you coastal guys might have some advice

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Back when I was racing in Vic many years ago, kelp was a big issue at certain times of the year.  

Before the start, it was standard practice  in Vic to back the boat down to shed the kelp.  Even did it a few times in the middle of a race.  With practice, you don't lose much time and the occurrence is mostly random, so everyone would snag some kelp at some point so it all evened out in the end.

You can also get your rudder fouled with kelp or weed and I have hung off the transom with a boat hook to pull it off - which is no simple task using only one hand at 4 kts.

The big trick is to recognize it and avoid it

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On 9/26/2019 at 2:03 PM, fastyacht said:

The America's Cup guys in San Diego had kelp wands.

Star guys in Dago tradionally use thin bamboo poles with a tether.   Crew hikes out, jabs bamboo onto top leading edge of keel and it will slide down the keel.  Easy.

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2 hours ago, blunderfull said:

Star guys in Dago tradionally use thin bamboo poles with a tether.   Crew hikes out, jabs bamboo onto top leading edge of keel and it will slide down the keel.  Easy.

The 'Dago big boys use a T-handled carbon fiber tube curved to match the curvature of the hull, with a rope flicker tail on the end.

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We have a problem with hydrilla.  The stuff pops up in the middle of the lake and fouls everything, including swimmers.  The Bass fisherman love it because it allows them to snag large spawning bass off of thier beds.  (In the middle of the night when no one is looking). Otherwise, it is more than a mess.  It is such that it can entangle a swimmer and drown them.  

Last Sunday, while sailing in open water, the boat came to an almost complete stop.The rudder would not respond and what little movement there was, was followed by large boils of water behind the boat.  Yep, I looked down and had sailed into a mass of hydrilla, fouling both the rudder and keel.  Without an effective rudder, I was unable to steer into the wind and had to drop the sails and use the outboard to steer the boat into the wind to back it down. Then a quick dive under the boat to assure all was clear.

Grass crap which do not reproduce love the stuff. I would love to drop a few thousand into the lake but would probably spend a few years in prison for doing so.  

As much as we love living on our lake, the hydrilla issue may hasten our permanent move to the Florida Panhandle. 

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After reading the title, I thought that he was going to say something bad about the weed. The fact is that almost every weekend I have fun with it. Helps relax. Blue Dream is one of my favorites. I usually order at https://online-weed.net/weed-delivery-ottawa/. It is advisable to immediately order more so that you do not wait for delivery every week. Online is really more convenient. And if we talk about a weed overgrowth, then I also faced such a problem. At some point, the boat simply stopped moving. But then of course I got out. It’s unpleasant, but I don’t know how to deal with it globally.

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On 9/26/2019 at 10:14 PM, fastyacht said:

Oh--and kelp windows!  A Star I used to sail even had one! Wait a minute--is that a cpnflated memory?

Some of my friends used to have clear plastic bongs, but they rapidly got pretty disgusting and you really didn't want to try and look thru them

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Did someone say my name?

Toronto Harbor has a similar problem now, too much weed in the water and never enough over the water despite the proliferation of pot shops in the City.

Learn to back down and keep someone looking forward to avoid the worst of it.

After the race, I tend to use a pipe or three papers to roll a fat one, seems to keep the weed off my foils, err, shit, already missed 4:20 today.

YMMV

 

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On 10/2/2019 at 10:12 PM, Santana20AE said:

 

As much as we love living on our lake, the hydrilla issue may hasten our permanent move to the Florida Panhandle. 

It was first introduced to Florida in 1960 apparently.

The weed itself isn't the problem.  The problem is the nutrients it is feeding on.  Run-off from people fertilising laws etc.

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On 8/5/2021 at 7:06 AM, blunted said:

After the race, I tend to use a pipe or three papers to roll a fat one,

I'm in my sixties.  everyone I know who has smoked weed all their lives has lung problems.  I have lost a friend and a family member is holding death at bay with steroid puffers.  Edibles are a good option, you just have to wait longer.

Enjoy.

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The Norfolk Broads didn't have a weed problem ...

Until they cleaned up the water, by cleaning up the sewage works outflows to the extent they are now supposedly safe to drink from?!  Banning sea toilets, all new  boats and hire boats have to have holding tanks, also cutting excess farm fertilizer and effluent outpourings. The water is now so clean we have water lilies growing by the rivers edges and huge amounts of weed in the broads..

I was going to fit a high aspect ratio rudder to my little boat but it's increasingly likely it will be a low aspect ratio with a steeply inclined forward edge, plus something like this fitted in front of the hull-rudder interface..RS-Elite-Rudder-Weed-Deflector_300x300.png.4c7967e14d2750e2ca101a80e280c963.png

That's a weed deflector sold for the RS Elite.

 I have also seen something similar made from a sharp large craft knife blade fixed in front of the rudder.

See the source image

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