There are many different ways of setting up an anchor trolley but are all essentially built around a continuous loop of cord running through 2 pulleys - one at the front of your kayak and one at the back. Some people use a trolley running only half the length e.g from midpoint to stern or midpoint to bow, others have full length trolleys set up on both sides of the kayak to provide more options for positioning the kayak at anchor. I use a full length anchor trolley set up on the starboard side of the kayak.
An anchor reel is also an essential piece of kit used to store the anchor line. There are many variations from expensive dive reels to a simple plank of wood. I have made my own suited to my needs.... more on that further down. So here's how i set up the anchor system on my RTM Black Tempo. I've tried to keep to a black theme!
Step 1 - The Anchor Trolley
- Black sprint line - 6mm diameter, 10m length - just over twice the length of the kayak
- 2 x stainless steel carbine snap hooks around 60mm in length
- 1 large aluminium hook/carbine around 100mm+ in length
- 2 x mini marine pulleys
- 2 x black plastic pad eyes/deck loops
- 1 x black zig zag cleat
- 3 x large black parrel beads
- 6 x Marine trifold rivets
- 1 x black plastic ring - anything from 40-80mm will be ok
- Small length of black bungee cord
- Clear silicon or Marine Goop
At the bow:
Locked in place at the bow - note the loop of elastic passed through the pad eye.
I use the same anchor reel on all my kayaks - click on the photo to see how it was made and set up on my RTM Abaco.
There are several different types of anchor. I use the standard folding grapnel and have found this sufficient for my use.
- 1.5kg folding grapnel anchor
- 1m of 6mm galvanised chain
- 6mm D shackle
- Small carbine - around 60mm - tied to the anchor line
- Small cable ties