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Old 03-07-2020, 04:39 PM
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I’ve owned a Native Manta Ray 12 for 8 years. Love it. Bought it to fish in the pools between rapids here in the James River through downtown Richmond VA. Always a pretty good current flowing, sometimes class I and II rapids. Strictly a fishing machine. It has been great. I initially installed an anchor trolley but found that the boat swung around too much in the current. So I installed a padeye in the center of the boat aft and ran the anchor line through that to a cam cleat in the cockpit. But when I pulled the anchor up to the stowed position and paddled, the anchor hung down in the current and affected the drag/drift. So then I installed the tripod pictured below. Works great, except that in the stowed position the anchor is now high enough to affect the center of gravity and thus the stability. I just accepted that and kept fishing.

Fast forward to last summer, when I bought a second boat – Hobie Outback pedal boat. Have fished it in a few lake environments. Now planning to fish it in current. Not whitewater, like the Manta, but enough current that I need to anchor. A trolley system will be less than ideal. Looking for alternatives. Photo below shows aft end of boat. I would appreciate any alternatives to the trolley system. Photos always good.

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Tripod anchor lead. Trolley system still in place.

A lot weight aft.... I've removed the trolley system.

Any ideas?

Old 03-19-2020, 10:47 AM
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How about something like the Scotty Anchor lock.
I use one on my Ocean Kayak with good results but probably don't deal with the current you're used to.
Should be easy enough to attach to the stern of your Hobie and have a smaller grapnel/mushroom anchor hanging off the end up out of the water.
Run the anchor line along the gunnel on either side through some deck loops to a cleat. Pull to release, pull to retrieve.
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Great idea. I'll look at those.
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retractable dog leach is good anchor line...just sayin!
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Originally Posted by awscwi View Post
retractable dog leach is good anchor line...just sayin!
Agree, but the problem is where/how to attach it to the boat.

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