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Old 08-26-2015   #1
 
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Sand stake alternative

A friend of mine emailed me this kickstarter idea. It's not exactly a revolutionary concept but seems like it would be a good alternative to our conventional Al sandstakes.

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Check it out here.

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I don't see any advantage over an AL angle or an FE T-section stake due to the proper scope (to use a sailing term) we can get on our anchors. This product's strength lies in it's resistance to a vertical pull and would be well used in the applications mentioned such as an RV awning anchor. It also bears an unavoidable resemblance to ice screws used in climbing, just made of different material.
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I don't see any advantage over an AL angle or an FE T-section stake due to the proper scope (to use a sailing term) we can get on our anchors. This product's strength lies in it's resistance to a vertical pull and would be well used in the applications mentioned such as an RV awning anchor. It also bears an unavoidable resemblance to ice screws used in climbing, just made of different material.
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Hmmm...I'll give it a shot:

Advantages:
  • Resists pull both upwards and laterally
  • No hammer needed to put it in
  • Smaller form factor
  • Goes into varied types of ground (sand, grass, etc)
And just for clarification - the resemblance to the ice screw you mention is that of a REALLY old ice screw. Most ice screws used in the last 20 years are made of tubular metal with threads on the outside (link).

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I've seen these things in pet stores for about $10 and often wondered if they would work in sand and mud. 16" long and made of stainless steel...

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I think they may not have the same holding power from a upward pull as other stakes would. The kickstarter price for those screws are about $11/each so not much different.
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Here is an alternative to a sand stake that doesn't require ANY equipment. Simply dig a 12" to 18" hole in the sand, find a stick that won't break, loop line around the stick, put in bottom of hole and recover with sand. You can also do the same with a cam strap to create a loop that all boats can tie off of.
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Here is an alternative to a sand stake that doesn't require ANY equipment. Simply dig a 12" to 18" hole in the sand, find a stick that won't break, loop line around the stick, put in bottom of hole and recover with sand. You can also do the same with a cam strap to create a loop that all boats can tie off of.
Why didn't I think of that. Do you have a video that details this process?

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Why didn't I think of that. Do you have a video that details this process?

In crevasse rescue that's called a T-slot. You use skis as the anchor. Here's an old youtube video of that concept. The little shelf/trench under the stress side of the hole is important.
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I was joking. I'm thinking of bringing one of these. Probably would need a bigger boat.
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That should hold.
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