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Cheap Diy Shallow Water Anchor Ideas For Alumacraft V16

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I am looking for a cheap DIY shallow water anchor for my first boat (Alumacraft V16).  I found a 8ft Fiberglass pole on *** for $65 (TnA shallow water anchor pole).  they say you can tie rite to a cleat but i feel like that puts a lot of unnecessary load on the fiberglass pole.  They sell a bracket for the transom for $100, but i feel like thats a lot plus it might be in the way of my boat cover (I leave it in the water for the entire summer).  Any Ideas????

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If its just a mooreing point use concrete chain and a buoy. Is this something you plan to use on the move?

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oh yea i have a boat slip i dock my boat to...  i want to use it on the move.

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Put cement in a coffee can with an eye screw at the top.  It worked for me for a lot of years.

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Put cement in a coffee can with an eye screw at the top.  It worked for me for a lot of years.

 

This.  

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Google marsh anchor to see what they look like & then build your on.

Down here it's all we use for shallow water ;)

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I like the Marsh anchor idea, but do you jus tie line to the eye of the pole and in turn tie that line to a cleat?  I am looking for a manual power pole type of thing.  I like the mini power pole but cant justify $500 for it (Student loans eat that money up)

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I like the Marsh anchor idea, but do you jus tie line to the eye of the pole and in turn tie that line to a cleat? I am looking for a manual power pole type of thing. I like the mini power pole but cant justify $500 for it (Student loans eat that money up)

Yelp! Fast, easy, & cheap!

We call them throw down poles, cause you simply throw em down!

If you want a mini power pole just buy a rod 6-8' long, insert it through your handle on the back of you boat.

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Find an old transom mount trolling motor and steal the clamp on mount. Clamp it on and slide your pole in.

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A solid fiberglass rod is pretty strong. I wouldn't worry about breaking that. 1" pvc slid inside next size up would probably work and it's cheap enough to experiment with. The outer piece can be strapped to a scrap of plywood and mounted to the transom with a couple big garage sale C-clamps. We did something similar with a beat up little jon boat we used duck hunting as kids. The pole anchors doubled as camo net frame.  

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Most Jon boats have two lift handles in the back & one in the front, 1/2 to 3/4" metal rod slides right in.

I made two marsh anchors, one for the front & one for the back. I can tie off short or leave them long, I can use one or two.

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I was in G-ville last year and saw a boat in the parking lot of the Mud Creek Barbeque that had an old trolling motor mount mounted on the back deck and in the clamp of the mount was an extendable push pole type rod.  It was a brilliant idea.  extend the rod, pull the rope just like your lifting your trolling motor and when it sets down the rod goes down in the muck.  give it a push, tighten the knob and bingo you are anchored.  I took pics.but not sure how to attach them here. email me at stevefreed@suddenlink.net and I will email them to you. 

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Hey loaded some pics into my profile or gallery...  put the pics of the redneck power pole I took in that album.

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I went to a metal fabricating shop.  Told him I wanted a long rod SOLID anchor Needed a screw eye  in the end. 3" diameter & 12 " long with a screw eye I supplied. He did it for $20. It is perfect for nice weather anchoring . NO    weeds build up.      I have a hand operated Anchor Mate hand crank Near me & guide pullies up to the bow I bolted the pulley bracket there The anchor Lifts up & down nicely.

I have another solid pipe anchor in the stern corner. 4 of line to the rear pulley.  No crank.  I just use a cleat I added.

 

I do have a big fluked anchor if I get caught in a storm & need to beach the boat. Done that more than 1 time..

 

Know when to run it up a non windy beach & set the anchor in dirt or to a tree Untill the storm ends.  Far safer.

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