Miles from home and headed for an early morning river tournament, I realized I’d left my chain anchor in the kayak shed. With the contest starting in an hour, I rushed into an all-night superstore and bought some thick zip ties, a 5-pound dumbbell and a roll of Gorilla tape. Voila. In about 20 minutes, I had a really ugly anchor that worked great. Uncut zip ties kept it from wedging into rocks.
All captions: Dave Mull
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Cut two pieces of paracord and knot the ends, then form the loop to which you’ll tie your anchor line.
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Tape the two pieces of cord where you’ll tie the line.
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Tape the cord to one end of the weight, leaving an eyelet for the anchor line.
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Several zip ties hold the paracord in place on the handle of the dumbbell. More tape on the other end adds stealth.
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Make sure the zip ties stick out opposite of the line tie so the plastic strands drag on the bottom and help avert snags.