After arriving to Sicily we have had use of our rope cutter two times, due to the garbage that are floating in the water.
In Trapani we got a bucket in the propeller. The rope cutter cut both the line and the bucket.
Today it was time again. We got a 20 m line in the propeller before, we came in to Sciacca. Luckily the rope cutter had no problem cutting this line.
So far we have experienced at least 5 times, (that we are aware about) when our rope cutter has saved us from having to go in the water and free the propeller.
It is a simple disk model, installed in front of the propeller on the propeller shaft. Inexpensive and easy to install.
Just make sure that you have sufficient clearance between cutlass bearing and rope cutter when installing it. You need 20 mm to make sure that water flows in the cutlass bearing is not restricted. If distance is to short you must loosen the shaft in the shaft coupling in the engine room. Just pull out the shaft from the coupling the millimeters you are missing.