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Old 02-27-2006, 07:37 AM
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I'm looking for a sea achor capable of keeping my 21' Mako CC bow into the waves if ever needed.

Any idea's about where to get a durable low cost unit ? ( or ideas for making one myself ) ??

The prices advertised for sea anchor's seems like too much given the function.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:22 AM
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I see lots of guys use a 5 gallon bucket with a few holes drilled in the sides, but I've never used one so I can't give first hand advice but I do see ot alot
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Grommets in the corners of a piece of sunbrella??????
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:38 AM
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Dick's Sporting Goods sells a 36inch vinyl bag for $30. Used one for 2 seasons now to slow my troll. Works much better than a bucket.
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Those 5 gallon white plastic buckets work fine for keeping the bow into the sea, and when not being used for that, you can put all kinda stuff in them..........like extra anchor line. Cheapest way to go.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:13 AM
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a good coastal sea anchor 6' will cost about $250 and 9' offshore about $350. its the kind of thing you may never use in an emergency but when you need it you'll bless the day you bought it. plus you can use it for drift fishing.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:26 AM
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In a pinch, an extra flotation cushion or a PFD hooked to your anchor rode will help. You should put a few turns of rope around the float to reduce the chance of damaging the straps. Attach it at the top end of the chain.

A purpose built drogue is better than this jury rig but if you dont have a chance to get one before your next trip give it a shot.

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Old 02-27-2006, 10:56 AM
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350 for a sea anchor. The marine industry is out of of it's firggin mind and don't start the "what is your life worth" safety mantra. A sea anchor is nothing more than a few yards of durable cloth/canvas/vinyl and some connection points.

Cabelas has them for $29.99-$100, just look for "drift sock" as a key word search.
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If you want a good drift anchor go to Boater's World cataloge under Drift,Anchor (or boatersworld.com). For your size boat it is $40 complete with tow rope and float. I found the smaller size for $30 adequate for decent sea conditions. Add a lead weight to an outer seam so it deploys better. It can be stored in a gallon size ZipLock.
But sea anchors serve a much different purpose, as you know, and need to be built much stronger. See West Marine under Anchor,Sea. The sock alone is $285 and requires other gear which could push the price much higher. That price is not out of line considering other marine grade soft material products, none are cheap. Nor is it something you can knock off with a home sewing machine. Evan a less complicated drogue, used off the stern, is over $200. Drift anchors and sea anchors are not comparable in function or price.
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These might work for you - one of the bigger trolling bags from Amish Outfitters - they are made up to 60 inches. Look first at the Buggy Bag for pics and description, but the Beefy Bag is heavier duty.

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jstout1, You can not compare a sea anchor with a drift sock. I have used both on the 31 SeaVee. The drift sock only slowed our drift some in calm weather. We used a 12' Paratech sea anchor during the Mayor's Cup tournment. It was blowing 30+ knots and the seas were 8' on Saturday. We put the Paratech out and it pretty much stopped our drift and kept the bow to the waves. It also made it more comfortable for everyone on the boat. If I were out in the ocean and I lost power I would hate to have a bucket or a drift sock. The 12' Paratech is over $500 and you still need to rig it.
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Bamboozle - 3/3/2006 5:45 PMjstout1, You can not compare a sea anchor with a drift sock. I haveused both on the 31 SeaVee.
Youalso can't compare the needs of a 21 foot boat to a 31 foot boat in 8'seas. The drift sock will work fine for his application.
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I had a 23' boat with a 60" drift sock and it did nothing more than turn the boat broadside to the seas (which was its intended purpose, since we were drift fishing). A bucket will do absolutely nothing when trying to really hold the bow of a boat in large waves. Maybe 50 buckets could come close.
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seadog27 - 2/27/2006 9:22 AM I see lots of guys use a 5 gallon bucket with a few holes drilled in the sides, but I've never used one so I can't give first hand advice but I do see ot alot
That's what I've been using for 30+ years! I don't even bother with drilling out any holes. Why buy something that over time will fail? It works fine with my 21' W/A. And the price is right!
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rogerstg, I would not go out in 8' seas on a 21' to begin with. That does not mean that you can not go out in nice day and all of a sudden you end up in some nasty seas. I take the safety of my boat serious, maybe its because I have almost lost my boat at sea and have learned from my experience. Two years ago three friends went out fishing one was on a 52' Buudy Davis, another was in a 34 SeaVee and another was in a 31 Contender. The seas were calm and all of a sudden they got caught in a bad storm. The guy on the Buddy Davis could not see the other two boats in his radar. He was taking waves over his bow. The guy in the 31 Contender had his crew get the epirb out and his crew got ready because they thought at any moment the boat was going down. The guy on the 34' SeaVee almost sank and had his boat salvaged. They would have sunk if the storm would have lasted longer. No I would not recommend a 12' sea anchor for a 21' boat, but if it were my boat and I was fishing offshore I would go with a 9' Paratech sea anchor which is what they recommend for a boat 25' or less. We kite fish all the time and use the sea anchor and have used the drift sock. Will the drift sock work on a 21' yes, will it work if the seas turn ugly I don't know and I would not want to find out and at that point be wishing I would have bought a sea anchor. Not on my boat...
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I've used a 4' diameter drift anchor on my 22 GW and the two 21 CC's before it. It would definately hold your boat bow into the waves, it made many a windy day fishable for me. I forgot to take it off my boat when I sold it, bought decent one on ebay for like $30 to replace it.
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Just bought one at www.charkbait.com for $34. Good quality, but it didnīt come with a rope or float.
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I use to use one like these. Cheap (I use to get them 'free" from past employer), tough, already has grommets in it.
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FreeByrd - you're on to something. The Beefy Bag at $70 looks like a buy for bgreene and his need for a durable, low cost sea anchor, unless he really wants a drift anchor, which does not appear to be the case.
For one,I would not want to get caught in a 21' boat when a sudden squall whips up 8' seas and look to a 5 gallon bucket to save my butt, when I may need it for a more immediate personal function.
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I had a 23' boat with a 60" drift sock and it did nothing more than turn the boat broadside to the seas (which was its intended purpose, since we were drift fishing). A bucket will do absolutely nothing when trying to really hold the bow of a boat in large waves. Maybe 50 buckets could come close.
I bought the sea anchor at BW and tried it one day in moderate (about 2') conditions. It did not work that day, might in rough conditions. The wind blown water was moving almost as fast as the boat so I experienced much the same. Agree about the buckets, useless in truly rough water.
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