08-20-2008, 09:27 AM
I have a Lund 1750 Tyee. I have a bow mounted trolling motor. I'd like to add a cleat or something so I can run the anchor off of the bow while perching on Erie instead of using the cleat back by the windshield. I need to find something that doesn't interfere with the trolling motor when the boat swings and also doesn't stick up and trip someone boarding at the dock from the bow. I thought about putting a second bow eye up closer to the small platform up front but was afraid it would cause problems when loading the boat on the trailer. Any suggestions? Thanks!
08-20-2008, 10:03 AM
I just run the rope through the bow eye if the conditions call for it. Through the eye and back to the cleat. No issues. If you want to run the anchor straight off the bow without running it through the bow eye, take a look at the "drop N stay". It's a bungy system that runs off the cleats, sound like it may be what you need.
08-20-2008, 10:10 AM
I accomplished this by having a short length of rope with two hooks. If I am going to be anchoring at all during the course of a day/trip, one hook goes on the bow eye and the other reaches to a bow cleat. When I want to anchor I grab the hook from the cleat and attach it to the anchor rope which has loops tied in every 25 ft.
08-20-2008, 01:56 PM
I mounted a gripper up front and have not had problems with the rope interferring with the terrova or bow light etc...
08-20-2008, 06:21 PM
That drop n stay looks like the ticket! The problem I was trying to solve was getting beat up on choppy days using the bow cleat. When it's rough, the last thing I want to do is hang over the bow trying to get to the eye. Have any of you tried drop n stay?
A very simple solution is used by many many folks who work big water and big waves.
Have a snap on the end of your anchor rope that you snap on the bow eye of the boat.
About 4 feet down the anchor rope, tie a loop in the line. Tie about a 3-5 foot line into the loop on the anchor rope. This length is dependent on the location of a side cleat.
When, it comes time to anchor, drop the anchor, let out the line, and have a tight line off the bow eye of your boat, holding the bow straight into the wind.
When, it comes time to retreive the line, grap the "loose" line this is attached to the side cleat. Retreive the side cleat and as you do, you will get tension on the loop in the anchor rope and pull the anchor rope over the side. That is why it is necessay to have the loop in the anchor rope far enough down the anchor rope so that you can be standing in a nice safe location when retreiving the anchor rope, before you get any tension on the anchor rope to the bow eye. Simple safe and no issues at all.
The bow eye mounted anchor, keeps the bow straight into the waves and keeps waves from coming over the side or back of the boat.
08-21-2008, 12:56 PM
The drop n stay is an awesome product. I have the deuce which I use on my 20 foot Tuffy tiller and I cannot say enough about effective it is not just for the retrieval aspect but also for the shock absorbing benefit as well. This helps in two ways as it is more comfortable and helps the anchor stay put. Plus the cleat at the end lets you adjust how much rope you have out for the conditions and positioning.
08-21-2008, 03:20 PM
I installed this little thing, don't know what its called, but I mounted it on the bow. Then when I drop the anchor, I let out what I want, the just zig zag the line through this thing. It wedges the line in, and really holds. Very cheap and easy to install. I got it at either BPS or Cabela's, don't remember.
08-21-2008, 09:14 PM
I really appreciate all the help! I haven't posted here in quite some time and it is great to see familiar voices of experience still willing to help! Thanks guys for all the great advice!
08-22-2008, 06:01 AM
Drop-n-stay is the way to go. Great product.
08-24-2008, 07:44 AM
The Drop-N-Stay is a smart system.
Reducing the shock effect that pulls anchor sets loose is a huge help no matter what style anchor your using. Going from 400# ridged pull, to 40# ambient pull in the same conditions is a huge help.
If I were to recommend a 1-2 anchor system, it would be the Digger Anchor in a 12# or 15#, and add the Drop-N-Stay to form a top notch working anchor system.
As I see it, 99% of all the most common anchoring complications get resolved with this 1-2 punch system.
08-25-2008, 09:10 PM
Where do you find this drop n stay? Never seen it listed anywhere?