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The Otter Boats are pretty durable, mine have held uo for years.
We found by following someones suggestion on ths web site years ago if you want them to run more parrelel to the boat instea of trailing back a bit, move the rear hole about 1" to make the keel bite the water at a sharper angle. Many people come on my boat and ask how do I get my Otter Boats to run more or less further forward than theirs, the 1" trick makes a huge difference, try it.
I'm assuming you meaning 1 inch to the rear? Do you stick with just the know approach on the strings tail end? What do you use for releases? I'm going to make up my own Lauvrick style this weekend, also think of checking out the clothes pin and rubber band approach.
Forget the knot and tie in a piece of dog chain for total adjustability. Mark your planer board line every 10 feet with a permanent marker, this will make it easier to set up the same way every time you go out. If your running a 16.5' boat like mine it's easiest to run the planer board line from the mast to a shower curtain hook attached to the bimminy pole then to the otter boat. 40 feet of line is the most I can run and still get the releases to slide easley to the planer board .. Cabelas sells planer board releases that work great 6 to a pack I think 2 packs should do you Mike
the offshore release, the YELLOW ONES. they are perfect fot LL salmon.
use your imagination with the clips and may take some trial and error. I have a lot of store bought ones and I still prefer my homemade ones. My leadcore pops out nicely for our local salmon. Champlain is a different story though.
I've been looking for those clothes pins, where did you find them?
I'll be in the yard working on the boat and other things sunday if your in the Henniker area feel free to stop in and I'll show you the set up Mike
Cabelas Item # IK-010786 This is what I use for releases They work great, they were shown to me by a charter captain at Moosehead