Kayak Anchor Installation

Kayak Anchor Installation
Kayak anchors are typically made of lead or other heavy material and may be covered with nylon or plastic. Anchors may also feature fins which help the anchor dig into soft sand or mud. The anchor is attached to the kayak by a length of nylon rope. Rigging the kayak anchor with a float and quick release knot can provide a means for releasing the kayak in emergency situations.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kayak anchor
  • Length of nylon rope (30-50 ft)
  • Line cleat
  • Drill and bit
  • Silicon sealant
  • Screw driver
  • Float
  • Eye screw
  • Knife
Step 1
Determine a location for the line cleat on the interior of the kayak. A line cleat is a fixture that secures the rope as it is wound in a crossing or figure 8 pattern. The cleat should be positioned so that it will not interfere while paddling but allow for easy access.
Step 2
Select a drill bit which is smaller than the screw used to attach the line cleat. Position the cleat in the place where it's going to be installed. Mark the position of the cleat holes with the tip of the drill bit, remove the cleat and drill the holes.
Step 3
Apply silicon sealant to the holes and bottom of the cleat. Position the cleat on the kayak and attach with screws. Use a screw driver and do not over tighten the screws.
Step 4
Locate a point at the front of the kayak for installing an eye screw. Eye screws are metal rings attached to a threaded screw. Drill a hole smaller than the size of the eye screw. Apply silicon sealant and attach the eye screw.
Step 5
Cut a 12 to 15 foot piece of rope from one end of the long rope. You now have a short and long piece of rope. Tie one end of the long section of nylon rope to the anchor and the other end to the eye of a float.
Step 6
Tie one end of the short section of rope to the eye of the float and guide the free end of the short rope through the front eye on the kayak. Tie a loop in the end of the rope and hook the loop over the line cleat.

Tips & Warnings

Avoid positioning tie down cleats along the side of a kayak as this may lead to tip overs.
Simply hook the loop over the cleat while fishing. To quick release the anchor, remove the loop from the cleat and allow it to slide out of the front eye.
Consider using a simple trolley system to allow for easier reconnection of the anchor line.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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