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11-10-2009, 07:35 AM
Why do recreational style pots have weighted doors but the commercial style do not?

11-10-2009, 08:03 AM
here is a quote from john lyons' Crabbing Guide:

If you look at the doors on the round gear, you will see they are a little different than the doors on the Danielsonís. The tunnel (the entrance up to the door) is slightly sloped and you will notice the door is also angled back a little to the outside of the pot. These design features are significant. The angle slightly back, helps keep the door closed and doesnít require weighting like the Danielsonís. In addition, there is a little drop from the door to the bottom of the pot, while the Danielson is flat with the base of the door. Dungeness do not like to climb (so Iím told), so these two design features are a large part of why they donít leak as much in comparison to the Danielsonís. See Figure 2-4.

Hope this helps! -han

11-10-2009, 09:19 AM
Thanks, I thought it was cause of the ramped doors.