Great way to 'remote anchor' your dinghy when going ashore!

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Great way to 'remote anchor' your dinghy when going ashore!

Post by Mildred Rose » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:44 am

I got an email from 'activecaptain'. here is how to remote anchor your dinghy - simple!

I wish I could take credit for the idea, but its simple and appears to be more effective than bringing your dinghy ashore!

The issue happens most any time you want to bring your dinghy to the beach.
Dragging the dinghy up onto the sand and rocks is damaging. Add a little
tide to the landing and it can present tough challenges, if not a situation
where your dinghy is floating off while you're walking along the beach.

We used to keep the dinghy at the water's edge with a 50 foot line tied
around a rock or a stake in the sand. The result was always watching the
dinghy turn sideways and beaching itself, often crashing against the sand over
and over until we returned.

Our native Maine friend Larry had the perfect solution - remote anchoring.
Here's what you need...

Get a small, foldable, grappling type of anchor appropriate for the size of
your dinghy. This is the one we use:

Size the anchor to your particular dinghy. You can also get packages that
combine the anchor with 50 or 100 feet or line. We don't suggest doing that.
Instead, get 5 feet of chain (appropriately sized for the anchor) and 10 feet
of anchor rode - 3/8 or 1/2 inch depending on the anchor size again. You now
have a preset anchor for 5:1 scope in 3 feet of water - perfect for beach

You'll also need about 100 feet of 1/4 inch line. We wrap ours around a spool
to stop it from getting all tangled up.

The anchor rode is attached to the bow of the dinghy, hopefully at an eye in
the bow if one exists. The 1/4 inch line is attached to the bottom of the
anchor and acts like a trip line.

The idea is to land your dinghy at the beach, set up the anchor on the bow,
push the dinghy back into 3 feet of water, and use the trip line to remotely
deploy the anchor. Then tie the trip line onto the beach and use it to
retrieve the anchor when you're ready to leave.

This is all much easier to show than explain so here are two videos showing it
all. First, deploying the anchor:

And then retrieving the dinghy:

Obviously, conditions determine whether this is the right thing for your landing.
We've used this dozens of times over the last 4 years with wonderful success. It
solves all the problems we used to have. It's also a good idea to be able to
extend the rode length in case you need an emergency anchor in the dinghy - we
see far too few dinghies with anchors. Every dinghy should have an anchor for
safety reasons.

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