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 Post subject: Canoe Anchor?
PostPosted: February 8th, 2012, 10:47 am 
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The last few years we've been spending a lot of time on the Churchill and I've finally accepted I need to figure out a light anchor system.

Does anyone recommend a home-made system I could pack and use local rocks etc. (anchor bag type of thing)?

Any other products you use?

I really don't want a traditional anchor (weight) and I don't want to pay for a cheap bag anchor that I'm sure one could make themselves..unless the bag anchor is highly recommended for one reason or another.

Anyways, looking for some advice. Thanks!


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PostPosted: February 8th, 2012, 12:25 pm 
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All we've ever used is one of those lingerie bags, filled with rocks from shore, tied to a long rope.

At the end of the fishing time, pull it back up, paddle back to shore and dump the rocks back where they were collected.

Dollar store bag & free rocks = :thumbup:

You can also make yourself a drift sock or two out of free or cheap items. (We used the seat/back from a broken camp chair.)

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PostPosted: February 8th, 2012, 8:46 pm 
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I tend to go with an Ontario Parks firewood bag but other than that the technique is the same as Barbara's.

Edited to fix a typo

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Another that I have used in the past is an old basketball net that we had when I replaced it. Worked fine for me.

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Basketball net is the way to go...tough enough not to fray when rubbed against other rocks :thumbup:

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PostPosted: February 11th, 2012, 1:27 pm 
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Right on- never thought about the basketball net idea!


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PostPosted: March 17th, 2012, 4:57 pm 
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There are also quite tough bags that corn (20 kg or so), for instance, comes in.

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Sounds like you got the general idea figured out. Onion bags, small burlap bags, the bags that basmati rice used to come in until recently, they all work. You don't need much. The bag-type anchors do double duty - toss a couple cans of beer in with the rock(s) and it will cool them down too. On this latter point, a word of caution - some of the granite has a real sharp crystally type texture that can poke tiny holes in the can when you heave the bag of rocks and beer out into the lake from the campsite (secured with a rope of course). In my instance, the holes were very small and the pressure seemed to prevent any actual leaking, until I pulled the cans up and at the surface beer started leaking from the can in several places.
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pawistik wrote:
- toss a couple cans of beer in with the rock(s) and it will cool them down too. On this latter point, a word of caution - some of the granite has a real sharp crystally type texture that can poke tiny holes in the can when you heave the bag of rocks and beer out into the lake from the campsite (secured with a rope of course). In my instance, the holes were very small and the pressure seemed to prevent any actual leaking, until I pulled the cans up and at the surface beer started leaking from the can in several places.
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...and such are the hardships and dangers of canoe camping!! :lol:

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For years i used to use the wife, but every time i threw her over she just got back in :rofl:


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http://canoeing.com/product/bwj-canoe-anchor-bag/

https://www.duluthpack.com/anchor-bag.html


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If you have access to a micro brewery or know a home brewer ask them for an empty grain bag - they are extremely heavy duty plastic and would be ideal for an anchor bag. They are similar to the Ikea totes which would also make a good anchor bag I think.


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I know you're trying to steer away from an anchor, but I think a 1.5# grappling anchor is the best tool for the job. 1.5# isn't too bad. Some people justify bringing a cast iron pan, after all.
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/grapp ... 2612p.html

A grappling anchor holds your position better than a bag, and you don't have to search for appropriate rocks (it's surprising how hard it can be on some waterbodies) and then dump them at every portage. And if you fish, it's worth it to be able to hold your position in the wind...the grapples can dig into something and keep you there.

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 Post subject: Re: Canoe Anchor?
PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 6:29 am 
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Yeah I actually have a 5lb grappling anchor and don't find it to be a big deal. That said I also often carry a 16 inch cast iron pan which is pretty heavy :-)


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