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Old 07-06-2019, 04:20 PM
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Default Pontoon anchor?

I have a 22 foot tri-toon. I anchor in calm water with sand/mud bottom. I would appreciate your suggestions as to the best anchor. Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:14 PM
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:50 AM
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Digger Anchors are good and they’re light compared to other anchors.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:30 AM
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:47 AM
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I captain for a group that takes seniors/vets out for free fishing trips on a similar size pontoon. Last year we switched to fluke/danforth anchors for the lake we are on, with similar bottom. We use the secondary trip line to fold it up when retrieving. In low wind conditions, one anchor does well. On windier days, we sometimes have to set two. Much easier to get up than previous ones we tried, although it still seems like we bring up half the milfoil in the lake.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:03 AM
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:20 AM
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Several years ago on a mid Minnesota lake there was a head boat captain who had trouble holding anchor on rock piles where he would anchor for his client's to catch their walleye.

He finally went to the block of a V-8 engine to hold his 35 foot head boat in the big winds and waves that were frequently encountered. He built a tripod over the bow of his boat and then used a 5000 lb winch with 1/2 inch cable on it to lift and lower the block for a good hold. With the block on the bottom of the lake, there was no movement of the anchor.

For your situation, a 25 lb navy anchor with at least 200 feet of 1/2 inch nylon rope should do a nice job as long as you have 4 feet of 3/8th chain between the anchor and the rope. Use a rope with an anchor thimble on the end of the rope, and then use an anchor clevis to go through the anchor thimble and then through the end of the chain on the anchor.

Please do not use a snap on the end of the anchor rope to attach to the anchor chain. Years ago, I used snaps and it took the loss of 4 anchors before I learned that the movement and twisting of a boat in the wind can cause the snap to unsnap itself from the anchor on its own. One more lost anchor.

By using nylon rope, you have stretch, that helps to keep the anchor from pulling loose in waves.

You could also consider the use of a section of stretch connection between the boat and the anchor rope. Use a 4 foot section of stretch connector between the boat and the anchor rope. Tie a loop in the anchor line about 6 foot down the anchor rope. Attach one end of the stretch member to the boat and hook the other end to the loop in the anchor rope. But, also secure the end of the anchor rope to the boat, so that if - bad luck happens and the stretch member breaks you still are connected to your anchor. The stretch member really reduces the lifting force on the anchor when anchored in waves.


Here is one example of an "anchor shock - stretch system " that works well to eliminate the pull from the lifting of a wave on the anchor.


Examples of a nylon anchor rope with a braided in thimble on the end.

Examples of an anchor clevis:

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Old 07-10-2019, 10:30 AM
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Check out the Lemar claw anchor.

When you stop down to the marinas and check out the river boats at the docks on the Mississippi river for the bigger 20-50 foot boats, nearly everyone of them have a Lemar Claw Anchor on their Anchor Davit.

Pick the one that will hold your particular boat and you will be good to go.

This same design, in a much larger size are used to hold huge boats in place on the ocean.



When using any anchor, attach at least 4 feet of 3/8th link chain to the anchor and then use an anchor clevis to hold the nylon rope with a braided in anchor thimble on the end that you run the bolt of the anchor clevis through to hold the chain on the end of the anchor rope.

A guide on anchor size selection for your particular boat:



If you mount an anchor anchor roller at the front edge of your boat, it makes it very easy to lower and lift your anchor. Then, drop the pin in place that the pin will secure the anchor in place.


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