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Old 01-31-2012   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Anyone done thier own anchor system?

I know DRE, AAA, Riverboatworks will all custom do an anchor system with rear seat for big bucks (each one does it a little differently)......I have an NRS rear fishing seat on my frame and some ideas to modify...changing out one side tube to be longer and figure out some hardware would be cheap, but I don't weld aluminum.......anyone do it yourself or have suggestions? where to get cleats, pulleys etc? thanks, Chet

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Old 01-31-2012   #2
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Clavey has some parts from Dierks Anchor Systems that might be what you are looking for. The aluminum parts aren't cheap. You might be able to find some more basic pulleys and such at West Marine and then try to fabricate the brackets and such out of basic hardware. I have messed around with putting a basic anchor system on my boat with cheap parts and I haven't come up with anything that works. Let me know if you have any luck. Dan
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Old 01-31-2012   #3
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I've made a homemade anchor system for my driftboat and for my raft frame with heavy duty but inexpensive hardware from ace or home depot and any old boat store. The rope cleats are cheap from any bass pro or west marine type joint. My rope pullies are fixed caster wheels (ace and home depot have tons of options) that i strap to the frame w a hoseclamp. For the actual anchor pulley off the back of the boat, I use a boat trailer roller bracket w a deep roller. It works pretty well. If u are in fast current and the boat isn't balanced from port to starboard and it ferries back and forth on a tether, the rope can slide off the trailer roller and get pinched. A giant fender washer or something similar could probably fix this but I haven't bothered. Too bad I live in Colorado where dropping an anchor where dropping an anchor is the equivalent of sodomy on most our rivers.
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Old 02-01-2012   #4
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On my 10' BadCat one man I use NRS lo-pro clamp and Alum-tube(upgraded to a bigger pully then the one in pic)
Anchor lock...Only a Lee Lock
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Old 02-01-2012   #5
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I think I tried three different home brewed setups before I broke down and got the NRS anchor kit. you can get creative on the cleat and pulley on the rowers side, (add a Harken cam and block on a ubolt like DRE uses) but the rear arm, and side pulley are tough to do any better or cheaper. the side pulley costs $20 and fits into the lo pro. NRS sells all the anchor parts separately. I definitely spent more $ trying to figure out a cheaper/better system and failed.
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Old 02-01-2012   #6
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I agree with Whoapiglet. I screwed around with various pulleys and rope grabs before finally getting the NRS anchor setup. You already have the stern seat, so there's not much further to go. It really is an elegant, clean system. The DRE and AAA setups seem a little too Rube Goldberg to me. Additionally, any setup that runs the rope internal of a frame tube create a huge amount of friction. The only modification I made to the NRS setup is to use a pulley at the anchor to halve the pull weight.
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Old 02-01-2012   #7
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Watermonkey-would you have pics of how you rigged that pulley? thanks!
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Old 02-01-2012   #8
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all you need to do is attach the pulley to the anchor, something like a locking biner works well, thread the rope through, and tie the end back to the mast. Gotta pull twice as far but half as hard.

All the drift boat companies sell an "ez pull" system but you can get the couple parts for a fraction at REI or the like. The small climbing pulleys work well and won't rust out.

it looks like this:

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Old 02-02-2012   #9
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Trailer frame with modified NRS anchor system

Sawed off the bottom attachment for the NRS mount and screwed it to the plywood side rails on a double bar custom steel frame and mounted the anchor bar to the side of the seat platform at the back of the custom trailer frame - the fewer the pulleys (only 3) the easier to lift the anchor - add or remove chain to the lead ball or pyramid anchor to match the velocity, i.e. carrying capacity of the river - simple and effective once you get by the hassle of the custom frame design/build
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Old 02-02-2012   #10
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You guys really need to toss those jam cleats those thing are death traps. Check out lee locks, the rope would never pop out of a lee lock.
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