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How to Anchor a Kayak

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In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.
How to Anchor a Kayak
Anchor your kayak at the bow or stern. Photo Credit Kayak image by Janet Wall from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

When kayak fishing or if you just want to rest when out for a paddle, an anchor is a useful tool. The typical anchor setup consist of the anchor itself, sufficient anchor line for the depth of water you are in and a float at the end of the line, in the event your kayak and the anchor become separated. The right anchor, along with its proper use, can help you safely and securely position your kayak where you want it, even in a fairly strong current to fish or just relax and enjoy the sights.

Step 1

Select a small anchor that is easy to carry in the limited space of a kayak. Paddling.net recommends a 1.5 lb. to 3 lb. folding anchor that resembles a grappling hook.

Step 2

Attach between 50 feet and 100 feet of nylon anchor line to the anchor, depending on the depth of the water that you normally kayak in. A good ratio is 7 feet of anchor line for every 1 foot of water. A 100-foot line will easily anchor your kayak in water 10 feet deep or less.

Step 3

Attach a foam float to the other end of your anchor line. In the event that you must dump your anchor, the float will allow you to retrieve it later.

Step 4

Paddle to the position where you want to set the anchor. Open the flukes of the anchor and cast it slightly away from you. Wait for the anchor to sink to the bottom and then pull the anchor to set it into the bottom.

Step 5

Allow the anchor line to pay out until you reach the proper line length for the depth of the water.

Step 6

Tie off your anchor line to a cleat on either the bow or stern of your kayak using a cleat hitch. Loop the anchor line in a figure-8 pattern around the cleat and then slide the end of the line under the last loop and pull the cleat hitch tight.

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