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Finally, an Anchor Trolley!
Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:28 AM
Thanks to some input from Knobcreekman, I have finished installing my anchor trolley on my Magic.
I used the tri-rivets instead of the supplied well nuts. The tri-rivets only require a 3/16" diameter hole while the well nuts require a 5/16" diameter hole.
To keep the top line from coming over the gunwhale of the yak, I used a couple of one hole cable straps. I didn't want to use nylon pad eyes because they required two holes to be drilled to mount, where the straps only require one hole. I looked at some plastic cable straps, but decided against using them because the plastic was a little to thin. I thought they wouldn't last a season pulling the anchor trolley line through them. So the cable straps I used are metal. I painted them black.
I was concerned with the anchor trolley becoming slack with use. Folks have used different methods of keeping the line taut. I started to use bungee chord to keep the line taut, but, remembered a knot I learned as a kid in the Boy Scout. I used a knot called a tautline hitch to connect the anchor trolley line to one side of the plastic ring. The other end of the anchor trolley line is tied to the plastic snap hook and then connected to the plastic ring.
The tautline hitch knot, is a knot that is used to keep tension on lines. For example: keeping tension on the guy lines between the tent and tent stakes. You can find the knot in the old Boy Scout handbook. Heck, you can find the knot on line. Super easy to tie and easy to adjust the tension on the anchor trolley line. We will see how well it holds up with heavy use!
Tautline hitch knot:http://www.netknots....line_hitch.html
I also did one long anchor trolley line instead of two half length anchor trolleys. Time will also tell how well this will work out. I am hoping for the best. I don't want to drill additional holes if I don't have to. Six holes drilled in total......so far.
I am thinking about mounting a cam cleat to hold the actual anchor line that I am going to use. Supposed to work easy in theory. One hand operation! Just pull anchor line through cam cleat, let go, it holds! To release, one hand also! Just pull line through cam cleat and up......then let go...OR....reset anchor line again into the cleat!
Check out cam cleat:
I will, however, use well nuts to mount the cam cleat. I am concerned that using tri-rivets might clamp to tightly and inhibit the movement of the cams on the cleat.
I will use an anchor line with one end tied to my anchor(probably a 5lb dumbell) and the other end tied to a float. I will grab this line in the center, doubling it up and passing it through the anchor trolley plastic ring and then secure it with the cam cleat SO it can be quickly released with one hand when needed!
Check it out:
I will try to post pictures this weekend after some time on the water trying it out!
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