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Pontoon boat anchor systems
Posted 15 February 2005 - 08:17 PM
Posted 16 February 2005 - 09:03 AM
Posted 16 February 2005 - 01:52 PM
I use a couple of strands of chain. I just tickle the bottom with it and it keeps the boat from spinning while fishing.
In a lake that really doesn't become an issue.
Another great system for rivers is to take one of the heavy duty clamps from a set of retired jumper cables and tie a rope to it. You can clamp yourself to any shoreline brush.
We also installed a larger pulley on the back of mine. It seems to help some.
Posted 16 February 2005 - 07:22 PM
Posted 17 February 2005 - 08:21 AM
It's also a good idea to tie a knot in the end of the anchor rope in case the cleat fails.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 04:48 PM
One word of warning though about a knot at the end of the anchor rope. If you do hang up, you want that rope to be able to swing free out of the pulleys. So if you knot them and hit hard water (not whitewater, but strong current) your boat will get pulled under if that knot grabs (depending on the pulley system used). So be careful of that one. Which, I actually had to slice a friend free (almost sliced his tubes doing it) when his anchor accidentally released on his old outcast. Knot grabbed in rear pulley. Wasn't super fast current, but enough that his boat was mostly submerged (and this was slack water compared to most rivers). I came up behind him with knife in hand and slashed at his achor rope as I collided with his pontoon boat. The force of his boat popping up almost jammed his tube into my knife. Luckily, it just deflected off the knife and somehow the knife landed on my tubes and not in the water.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 09:58 PM
Posted 17 February 2005 - 10:24 PM