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PostSubject: Anchor lifting bouys   Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:12 pm

Anybody using a 25ltr drum as an anchor lifting bouy?
I'm thinking of giving it a try.My anchors are 7kg and the boat is 14ft fibreglass.
I'll be using the "break free" method of fixing the chain at the bottom of the anchor,and zip tying it to the top eye of the anchor.
There are vids on Utube of them being used on the Mersey.
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PostSubject: Re: Anchor lifting bouys   Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:06 pm

I use the chain to the to the top (crown end/ trip ring) and cable tie the chain laid along the shank to the other end certainly - not sure if this is the opposite to your description which would mean if snagged pulling the flukes in harder to the snag, my way means the tie breaks and you pull the flukes up clear from behind the snag ..or maybe we are  just describing the same thing differently

Never needed to use a lifting buoy so far, did buy a bouy on a carboot for this purpose last week though, but I was surprised to see how much the ring attachments cost.  I should know by now that putting the word boat in front of something trebles the price.
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PostSubject: Re: Anchor lifting bouys   Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:29 pm

Notbad wrote:
I use the chain to the top and cable tie the chain to the shank certainly.

Never needed to use a lifting buoy so far, did buy a bouy on a carboot for this purpose last week though, but I was surprised to see how much the ring attachments cost.  I should know by now that putting the word boat in front of something trebles the price.

Got a 4" dia s/steel ring on my favorites(12mm dia bar) £6,just needs links for attaching it.
The drum will cost about a fiver,so £11 is avoiding the extra "boat in front of it" cost.
We got stuck in the far end of the straits a couple of years ago,couldn't lift the anchor,if my mate hadn't
been a big lad,we would have lost the anchor.
I'm not fit enough these days for heaving anchors out of the seabad,so an anchor bouy could be just the thing.
I believe you have to err on the side of caution if you use one,getting side on when using the boat for a pull
can end up with a boat full of seawater,and ou could end up in that famous Welshmans locker(Davy Jones) lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Anchor lifting bouys   Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:04 pm

Got a 25ltre drum free,bought the ring and set it up.
Total cost-£6.35.
There's plenty of info on Utube about anchor lifting bouys.
I used the info to make up the bouy and ring attachment.
They call it the Alderney bouy method..
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PostSubject: Re: Anchor lifting bouys   Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:22 am

I have been on boats with two systems, one a ring over the rope which the buoy pulls down to the rope/chain join, then a bit of speed or a few yanks on the anchor rope slips the ring down the chain which makes pulling in the anchor easy, if you have a hand on the rope you can feel the ring slipping down the chain.
The other method is to use a clip rather like a mouse trap with a small arch which you clip over the rope, and the pull on the float slips the clip down the rope, but not over the chain, so the chain and anchor still has to be pulled in by hand. this is easy to set as you clip it to the rope after anchoring then let a few more meters out and it is ready to go.
When you start driving, run parallel to the line of the rope, but a few meters to the side, usually to the left so the buoy runs down the right hand side. The buoy only needs to hold the weight of chain and anchor on the surface.
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PostSubject: Re: Anchor lifting bouys   Mon May 01, 2017 2:46 am

Rhod Lloyd wrote:
I have been on boats with two systems, one a ring over the rope which the buoy pulls down to the rope/chain join, then a bit of speed or a few yanks on the anchor rope slips the ring down the chain which makes pulling in the anchor easy, if you have a hand on the rope you can feel the ring slipping down the chain.
The other method is to use a clip rather like a mouse trap with a small arch which you clip over the rope, and the pull on the float slips the clip down the rope, but not over the chain, so the chain and anchor still has to be pulled in by hand. this is easy to set as you clip it to the rope after anchoring then let a few more meters out and it is ready to go.
When you start driving, run parallel to the line of the rope, but a few meters to the side, usually to the left so the buoy runs down the right hand side. The buoy only needs to hold the weight of chain and anchor on the surface.

The clip method sounds ok Rhod,but I would rather pull the chain thro' the ring.
I got what I thought was an anchor roller not long back,the rope goes over the roller,then thro' a ring that's on a bracket,when you are letting the rope out it passes thro' the ring,once you let go of the rope the ring comes down and locks the rope.(funny gadget)
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