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Old 11-27-2012   #1
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Alternate to NRS anchor pulley system?

Anybody use another system? It looks great but $200 for the bracket and pulleys with no rope and no anchor? Would love to hear about some Buzzards getting around this pricey option.


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Old 11-27-2012   #2
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I would suggest buying your pulleys and biners from REI or a climbing outlet. They will be cheaper then NRS. Also, you might want to take a look at this thread:

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Old 11-27-2012   #3
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200 bucks is cheap for an anchor system. check what Sotar, recretec,down river and riverboat works charge for a anchor system with no anchor. You can make your own system but it will cost you pretty close to what you would spend on an nrs for the pulleys brackets etc.
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Old 11-27-2012   #4
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I bought a system from AAA Inflatable in Denver; think I spent 225 or so. As with many of AAA's designs, it's simple but effective. I like it a lot.
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Old 11-27-2012   #5
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West Marine or any of those type of boat places that sell sailing hardware will have all kinds of pulleys, cleats, etc. that you could do it yourself. That stuff isn’t cheap either but you could probably figure something out. Pulley’s and cleats are one thing but part of your issue is going to be the mast off the back but a lopro and length of pipe solves that. You’ll want some decent rope and just a pyramid or animal anchor will cost you $90-100 so might want to think about finding some used dumbbells or plates.

I just bought the NRS system and use a Hyde animal anchor with an ez pull system I made from REI climbing parts. Sometimes it’s just nice to have the right parts that were built for that purpose. The NRS system isn’t as nice as the through the frame ones but it works well.
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You’ll want some decent rope and just a pyramid or animal anchor will cost you $90-100 so might want to think about finding some used dumbbells or plates.
Got any buddys who weld? Anchors aren't difficult to build.
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Old 12-20-2012   #7
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Use braided nylon in lieu of polypro...try woundabout in NC good cheap 2000# line
Harbor freight has alum pulley blocks for $10 (a little heavy but strong)

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