Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Anchor Buddy - hold your dinghy off a rocky beach

The Anchor Buddy is a great addition to your nice dinghy!

A simple solution to an age old problem; you want to take your dinghy to the beach, but the tide is going out.  Keep her off the rocks with an Anchor Buddy!

It comes in black, blue, red, and yellow.  Simple & effective!

When about 30-40 feet away from the beach or rocky shore, toss out a stern anchor tied on with the elastic Anchor Buddy.  Unload the boat on the beach, keep a long bow line in hand and then let the Anchor Buddy pull your boat back out to deeper water.  Tie the bow line to something fixed on the shore and go have fun.  Your dinghy can ride out the waves safely away from rocks.   When you come back to the shore just pull in the bow line retrieving the dinghy and load up!

This is is a simple device, a length of heavy elastic inside a 4,000Lb capacity woven tube that is used for an anchor rode, it stretches from 14 to 50-feet.  I would replace the end hardware with quality stainless shackles.

The Anchor Buddy, use any type of anchor with it.  Click for larger.

Cruising in Alaska last month we had the opportunity to use an Anchor Buddy multiple times, and it worked very well.  The Puget Sound area the tide cycle can be 8-12 feet, in Southeast Alaska the tide is normally 16-20 feet which means that in just an hour it can change by over 3-feet.  If you leave a dinghy on the beach and go for a hike, you may find your dink 20-feet from the waters edge, or worse sitting on sharp rocks.

We used the Anchor Buddy to keep the dinghy off the rocks at the Anan Bear Observatory.

About $28 at Fisheries Supply or West Marine.  


PS:  If you have found a piece of gear that works for you, let me know and I will give it a try, and then report back here on the American Tug News.