Thread: Best PWC anchor?
03-07-2012, 01:24 PM #1
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- Campeche, México
Best PWC anchor?
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03-10-2012, 02:09 AM #2
The first one will work better with a rocky bottom. It will work in sand but you have to kick it in with your foot to get it to hold. I had the exact same one & usually had to find a rock to help hold it if the water was rough or in heavy current. It held up for about a year before the pins that hold it together rusted out & the anchor fell apart. The nice part about it is it folds up real compact & doesn't take up lots of storage room. I ended up keeping the bag & line & replaced the anchor with one that works better(pic below). It's a similar design but you can just toss it out & it will set itself in the sand because of the sharper spikes, which is nice if the water is cold & you don't want to get wet.
The second one in your post should hold better in sand, but I've never tried that one & can't tell you how well it works.
03-10-2012, 10:43 AM #3
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- Lake Havasu
I've tried both of the ones you have shown in the pictures, and they're both junk!! I live/ride on Lake Havasu/Colorado river, and it's all sandy bottom. Neither of those could hold my RXT-X in any kind of current, no matter how deep I buried them. I couldn't find rocks to wedge them into.
Ended up with a bag, filled with rocks from the shoreline-but even that gets dragged down river.
I bought both of those anchors from West Marine, and returned both.
A lot will depend on where you anchor. In sand/silt-your best bet is to get one of those corkscrew dog leash spikes from a pet store(they're stainless steel), drill it into the bottom and attach to that.
Also remember that whatever you have, needs to be very secured in the storage compartment, otherwise it will beat the hell out of the inside of your boat.
Another trick I use is to tie the boat from the front to a tree on shore, and the back, to another tree-that way it's "anchored", but still floating and not beached.
03-10-2012, 02:27 PM #4
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03-11-2012, 11:52 AM #7
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03-11-2012, 12:04 PM #8
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- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
i actually lost my favorite one at a race site . 15# rubber coated anchor that I describe as a bell on a plate if you will. It even worked awesome on wavy Lake Michigan days.
03-11-2012, 12:09 PM #9
I have used both types pictured above and also bag anchor.
It's not like we anchor in heavy surf. In tidal bays a sand or rock bag anchor works just as good as any other. Bags take up less space and no worries about banging around etc.
the purple one above has that coating that wears away after a few good uses and then it rusts.
Duration of mooring, water depth, and water type should determine length of anchor line. To often you see a rider using a 6 foot anchor line in 4 feet of water and the rider blaming the shitty anchor.
03-11-2012, 02:22 PM #10
That's the good thing about the coopers. It's Nylon with some lead or steel in the tip. At first I thought no way will this hold my 300x, but it does it easy.
I hope you guys can find a way to get them over there.
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