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Reduces Wreck Capture

Several wrecks have been encountered while pulling the Wing Trawling System. On one occasion we were pulling down wind in a 30 knot wind at 3 knots when the starboard wing hit a wreck. There was a large boom and the entire boat shook. Then a smaller bump. We picked up the trawls and noticed a bend in the leading edge of the center sled under the wing. The wreck had been hit dead center of the system but then rotated around the wreck and fell off the end. Nothing was torn or broken. The trawls were set back overboard with no loss of time.

If that same same collision had happened with trawl doors lots of damage and missed time would have occurred.

If that same same collision had happened with trawl doors the wreck would have been in the middle of the net and lots of damage and missed time would have occurred. Since the tickler chain is rigid mounted to the ends of the Wing Trawling System it acts as a bumper for the net directing hard wrecks to the outside of the net. Twice during a wreck that stopped us, the wing simply slipped off the wreck when we achieved an angle directly above it.

Animation of WTS Encountering Wreck