Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-03-2010   #11
Creo en la Chupacabra
JohnnyCash's Avatar
AK, Alaska
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 22

JohnnyCash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010   #12
Creo en la Chupacabra
JohnnyCash's Avatar
AK, Alaska
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 22
This is my current setup: simple, cheap, and easy. It's just an eye bolt through three ten pound weights with a big washer on each side. If I need to make it heavier, I take the nut off the bottom and can add another five or ten pounder.

JohnnyCash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2011   #13
Adrenaline Junkey's Avatar
Heyburn Idaho, Idaho
Paddling Since: 2009
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 28
I make my own out of lead, steel filled with lead. you can also fix a steel plate to the top of pyramids so they don't loose lead of the edges

Adrenaline Junkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2011   #14
gjbugtosser's Avatar
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 11
thanks Johnny

I just found this thread a week or so ago, so I'm piping in a little late. Based on JohnnyCash's suggestion, I made this anchor (thanks Johnny). Couldn't find any weights at Goodwill, so I went to wally world and bought these for about $30. This setup, not including the hardware, is 32.5 lb. I started with a 10 lb. wt, then went with the progressively smaller weights so I can achieve a somewhat tapered/wedge shape to theoretically grab the bottom better if it lays down on its side. I'll be trying it for the first time this weekend on a Green River fishing trip.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	raftanchor.jpg
Views:	207
Size:	468.8 KB
ID:	3440  
gjbugtosser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011   #15
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 70s
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 63
anyone know a place in Denver metro that sells sailboat rigging hardware? I am thinking of the locking cleats and pulleys (pulleys can be gotten at climbing shops/REI) to rig my own anchor system......the couple of online shops that sell this stuff that I have checked seem to have lots and lots of this stuff and I can't figure anything out from their catalogs........I don't really want to drop the coin that DRE or AAA want for an anchor setup (and already have a rear fishing seat on my raft frame), but perhaps I will get started and realize what a flail it is with only hand tools etc.........thanks, Chet
CROE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011   #16
Whoapiglet's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 296
west marine. I got an extrusion from Rowframe, and mounted my anchor cleat to it.

the pulleys are called blocks. look for harken or ronstan
Whoapiglet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011   #17
Chip's Avatar
SE, Wyoming
Paddling Since: 1986
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1,098
Originally Posted by Whoapiglet View Post
west marine. I got an extrusion from Rowframe, and mounted my anchor cleat to it.

the pulleys are called blocks. look for harken or ronstan
I'm a sailor and spend a lot of time messing with this stuff. The block you want for this is a lower vang block:

It has two sheaves, a jam-cleat to grab the rope, and a pin to anchor it to the frame. With another single block, you can set up a 3:1 purchase, which makes it easier to raise the anchor.

With a single block rig, you can use a clam cleat to grab the anchor rope:

Screw it to the frame or a seatboard, whatever.

There are also cam cleats:

They have spring-loaded toothed cams to grab the rope. If you sketch out your anchor rig and then get the parts and line from West Coast Sailing or Westmarine, you can save a bundle over the packaged rigging kits, except for the mounting or downrigger that holds the line on the rear of the boat. If there's no floor under your rear seat board (on a cat, that is), you can mount shackles & blocks on the underside. Rafts, you gotta have some sort of downrigger to get the line out over the tube: Speedrail fittings on a piece of tubing will do the trick.

It ain't exactly rocket surgery. . .

Chip is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
building fishing frame for raft tmcilravy Rafting | Gear Talk 3 03-06-2010 10:51 AM
Wanted 13' SB raft for fishing slmhobblet Rafting | Gear Talk 2 07-28-2009 09:10 AM
Drift Boat down Pumphouse jmalefyt Whitewater Kayaking 24 06-13-2009 09:53 PM
Raft Anchors JoelBelmont Whitewater Rafting 3 04-12-2008 10:29 AM
anyone ever row a drift boat in browns? tyaker Whitewater Kayaking 3 05-23-2007 08:50 PM

» Classified Ads
14' AIRE Wave Destroyer...

posted by River Capt D

AIRE 14' x 22" dia. Wave Destroyer cat tubes, purchased...

NRS 4-bay Frame with...

posted by 66Bronco

4 year old NRS frame. 66" wide x 82" long - 4 bay - brand...

14' steel raft trailer

posted by groovy

hand made steel welded. This was a commercial trailer used...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.