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Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:41 pm
by DawgDaze
Looking for advice/help on a manual winch system which will also store the anchor. I was told for the lake I live on and the size of my "toon" that I should be using a 28lb navy anchor. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated . Don't want to drag a 28lb anchor all over my deck to store. Would like this set up to be bow mounted. Won't take possesion of boat till April, just ordered this week and is being built!
TIA to all! Moondoggy.

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:23 am
by steve1313
Welcome and Congratulations on the new boat! What you're looking for is typically called a windlass. Lots of choice and options available, although most are electric.

I'd also look at other anchor options than a heavy navy anchor. There are lots of lighter effective anchors that might make you decide you don't need a winch/windlass. Look at fluke style anchors, or box anchors. Depending on the size of your boat, you could most likely use a fluke anchor that weights half as much or less and still gives you great holding power.

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:33 am
by DawgDaze
Thank you Steve1313. My new Sylvan is a 24' boat.I live on a 700 acre Lake with a very silt/mud bottom. I am keeping my 16lb mushroom anchor from my last rig as an aft anchor for stabilization. Would appreciate your thoughts on something other than a 28lb navy anchor. Regards, Moondoggy.

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:37 am
by TWB
Gotta agree with Steve... A fluke is probably your best choice. I have a 24' and boat on the intracoastal. Always a fairly moving current. The fluke holds with no problem. For my stability in these currents, I use a fluke front & back. The key is having the lead chain and dropping your anchor out far enough.

I also use a crab trap float (about an 8" styrofoam ball with long cord and clip) to attach to the anchor chain. Helps mark where my anchor is to help avoid some idiot running through your rope, or stepping on the anchor in shallow water. Of course, your depth will make decisions for you.

:2cents

Good luck and have fun!

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:49 pm
by DawgDaze
Thanks guys, will do more research before any purchases!

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:54 am
by curtiscapk
Truman is 80% mud the rest is timber. In 10 years my 25# mushroom has never failed me anchored from the bow on my 24 footer. Anchor's are kinda personal preference in my opinion. I keep a pickle bucket at the bow to store it in. I rarely double anchor, but when I do I use a 15# fluke from the aft. Stored in corner seat.

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:05 pm
by TexasTooner
I use what is called a Digger Anchor, which is a fluke anchor. Flukes hold well but if the get hooked on something like a log - they are a b#tch to pull up.

What I like about the Digger is that like a fluke, it digs in, but if it gets snagged, you can pull on it a few hard times and it will release the flukes and pull straight up.

I use two, one on the bow n the other aft.

Best of luck n congratulations on the new boat.

Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:54 pm
by bansil
We use our fluke that is rigged with chain "backwards" with a couple zip ties, so it it gets hooked on timber , i can break zip ties and it flips up and frees itself...so far so good.

My issue is with coves that are 100ft x 100ft and 80 ft deep, i cant let enough chain,rope out to set it, so we tie off to trees and let wind hold us in middle of cove :mrgreen:

Here is anchor mod
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Re: Manual anchoring set ups for bow of pontoons

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:08 pm
by Marc K
I really like that idea, Bansil!

Our boat came with a fluke and a mushroom, but we really don't anchor. Our lake is very sandy and heavily wooded, so we sometimes beach and tie off, but generally head back to the boathouse for breaks - and refills - and more ice - and more. BUT, I am going to rig my fluke that way this weekend because we live on a "young" lake with submerged logs/stumps.

I thank you for the great tip.

Marc