Kayak Anchor Trolly




Introduction: Kayak Anchor Trolly

About: Hey, my name is Jon. I am sixteen years old and live in Whitewater, Wisconsin. I like to hunt, fish, bike, kayak, and just about everything else outdoors!

      Hey this is an instructable I am making about how to make an anchor trolley, for under five dollars.  An anchor trolley is what allows you to basically tie off your anchor line at the front or back of your kayak.  This I would say is for one of those times when the wind is blowing hypothetically south, and you want your back to the south ( to the wind ). So you "attach" ( You'll understand later ) your anchor line to the back of the kayak.  The wind blows your kayak, and your back is exactly to the south.  Almost all of the parts I used were purchased  at my local farm and fleet store, although you could most defiantly get them somewhere else.  Probably should have mentioned this before, but this is by first instructable so if I do something or don't, that's the reason.

Step 1: What You'll Need

1. 50 Feet of Marine rope or para-cord. (I bought marine rope for 3.99 at farm and fleet)
2. Two small pulley's. (.39 cents a piece at farm and fleet, I got the ones without the swivel) 
3. 5 inches of copper piping. (You could use steel piping or just tie a knot)

1. A pliers to crimp the tubing or piping.
2. A lighter or matches for burning ends of rope
3. A Hack saw to cup the tubing or piping

Step 2: Cut Your Pipe

First get that 5'' of pipe and cut it into, two, 3/4''-1'' sections.

Step 3: Preparing the Rope

Now that you have your two sections of pipe, you are ready to prepare the rope.  First cut two sections of rope about a foot long.  Then use a lighter (or some matches, your preference), to melt the ends of the rope to prevent fraying.

Step 4: Installing the Pullys

Take one of the pieces of rope and put it through the hole in one of the pullys.  Then take the rope and put it through the hole at the front of your kayak.  This is the same hole that the handle rope goes through.  Then repeat this step at the other end.  

Step 5: Crimping

Now that you have your rope through your hole you need to secure it.  I coulden't think of a good way other than to crimp it.  I am also a leader maker so it just poped into my head.  Anyway I am going to crimp it, so first you want to slide one of the copper pipes on to one end of the rope. Then slide the other end of the rope the other way through the copper pipeing.  (For this step I recomend folding the pipe into an oval shape for easyer slideing). 

Step 6: Crimping #2

Before you crimp the piping you need to check a couple of things...

1. The pulley should be sitting flat.
2. The crimp should be towards the outside.
3. The crimp should be going the long way with the string.
4. The string has not crossed itself inside the crimp, or pipe. 

Now that you are ready to crimp get a pliers or a clamp or something to flatten the copper pipe.  I used a pliers to flatten it and mostly secure I. Then used a split ring pliers to really apply allot of pressure in a small area.   

Step 7: The O-ring

Now you need to get a Big and strong O-ring.  I'm not talking about the office supply ones, i'm talking about the ones you would find holding a building together with, (well maybe not, but you get  point). And just in case you don't have a nickle laying around, I compared it to a penney and a dime. 

Step 8: Tieing the Rope

Now tie an end of your 48' rope to the O-ring like so. 

Step 9: Threading the Rope

Now you are finally ready to install the actual rope you will be using.  A tip that I have, is that you probably want the o ring to be below the rope that you pull to move it.  First put the end of the rope that doesn't have the O-ring through the bottom of the pulley.  Then  pull it through the top of the pulley on the other side/end then cut the rope off leaving about a foot or two to tie it.  For both of the knots i used  trilene knots.  Make sure your rope is as tight as possible, and burn the ends of each knot.   

Step 10: Finished

Now you have a finished anchor trolley and you can use the leftover rope for the actual anchor rope. After adding chain like the people from my boaters safety course recommended.   Also if you fish shallow flats alot consider taking a cross country ski pole, take the basket off, and sticking it in the mud and tieing it off to your O-ring.   Well hope you enjoy.    

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    6 years ago

    I am keen to get into Kayaking. I followed the instructions to the best of my ability but I cannot grasp the final concept. Is there a photo showing all the ropes and how they all connect?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Not sure if this will help, but here's a quick video giving you an idea of how this type of rig is set up and would work to make your life easier when kayaking:


    6 years ago

    Great job. You may want to add a quick release with an anchor line float. Then if you fight a big fish you can in clip the anchor quickly and return to the float marker to get the anchor.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    very cool idea, when I use a piece of pipe to crimp a line I like to use a screwdriver or cold chisel and strike between the overlap