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"The buoyant trip line, which has half hitches tied in every 6 feet or so for better gripping, trails behind the boat while voyaging offshore. The Styrofoam float marks the "bitter end" (pun intended!), while the inboard end is led in such a way that increased drag on the trailing line will disengage the self-steering mechanism or engine throttle. In the case of a vessel under sail, it will then steer the boat up into the wind to stall it. Once you've worked out the right adjustments for your boat, you can set up your Last Chance Trip Line in a couple of minutes anytime you're heading out to sea. "

 (Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )
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