How to Anchor a Kayak

How to Anchor a Kayak

When kayaking, you may decide to take a few photos of the beautiful area you’re floating past, or you’ll want to break out your fishing line to see what you can catch nearby. In either case, you’ll want a kayak anchor to keep you securely in place. Kayak anchors are an extremely portable, lightweight, and useful tool for any kayak enthusiast to have.

When buying one, you typically want an anchor that’s between 1.5 and 5 pounds, has at least 7 feet of rope for every foot of water you’ll be in, and has a buoy ball that keeps the rope afloat when the anchor is disconnected. 40 feet of line should be more than enough if you kayak in areas 10 feet and under. There’s many different sizes and styles available, but we recommend the BEST Kayak Anchor as the perfect small anchor option.

Now that you’ve found the perfect kayak anchor, here’s how to use it:

  1. Double check that your line is securely attached to both the ‘yak anchor and the buoy at the end before casting the line. If for some reason you need to leave your anchor behind, your buoy will be how you can find your anchor in the water later.

  2. Decide which way you’re going to cast your anchor. We recommend to cast your anchor from either the bow or stern, but never the side. When casted over the side, your kayak is at higher risk of flipping over with strong winds or currents.

    If you want to switch which side your anchor is cast from without taking it out of the water and recasting, you may want to invest in an anchor trolley. You’ll essentially have a pulley along the side of your kayak, which makes switching from front to back a lot easier.

  3. Make sure you’re in the exact position you want to cast your anchor. Open the flukes and cast it in the water. Tug on the line to secure it into place. The more horizontal the rope, the better the anchor will hold. The weight of your anchor doesn’t matter as much as does securing it into the ground, so make sure it doesn’t move when you pull on it.

  4. Tie off the rope on the cleat hitch on your kayak. You’ll want to make a figure 8 pattern with the rope until there’s just enough rope to slip under the last loop. Pull the rope tight and make sure everything is secure.

Congrats, your kayak has been successfully anchored.

The best part? Now that you know how to use a kayak anchor, you can also use it for your jet ski, canoe, paddle boat, or any other marine activity you can think of.

Whatever you do, don’t forget the most important rule of the water: have fun.





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