DIY Anchor Float

DIY Anchor Float



hey guys the lighting in here is kind of crappy and I'm recording with my laptop so I don't have to hold the camera so bear with that I had a great idea that I think is cool so I wanted to share with you guys in case it's useful for other people last year I moved to a house that's on a river so I got a really basic regular kayak so I had a lot of fun kayaking last year and I did a little bit of fishing but it's not a it's not a fishing kayak so it's not geared for that so I'm going to be adding stuff to it this spring to gear it up so that it's going to more fun to fish out of and not just kayaking um so I bought an anchor about a yak gear actually I oh yeah I bought in the anchor it's kind of a long story on um they sent me a couple of sample equipment and I bought a bunch of their other gear because what they sent me was really great quality so I've got some yak gear stuff and for the anchor I want to have an anchor float which is essentially just a small buoy that is able to slide along the rope that your anchors tied onto so that if your anchor line comes loose or if you have some reason to need to drop the line while you're fishing you can do so and it'll the end of your rope will be floated so that you can go get your anchor back afterwards so that it's sinking to the bottom those floats are usually something you have to buy separate and they're usually pretty expensive it seems well for what they are I think they're like depending on where you go the sheepish ones I see online are around 15 bucks which for something that's just got to not sink and be little is kind of silly so I have this idea for a homemade anchor float that's a lot cheaper and customizable a bit so I'm going to show you guys my idea and how it works so to do this I went to the hardware store for each one of these floats it's about two bucks in parts well maybe three four bucks tops depending on where you go so the first thing you're going to need is a this is called an eye bolt this one is might be a quarter inch by an inch and five-eighths in it doesn't need to be very big just big enough hole that you can comfortably fit your anchor root through whatever kind of line you're Muslim I'm using 550 paracord on my anchor so it doesn't need to be very big um some of these are flat almost like a washer on top instead of rounded the way this one is and I don't recommend those just because I'm afraid of it rubbing a little too hard and making the the rope fray prematurely so um I definitely wanted to round one specifically next you're going to need a pair of small washers um all this stuff that I got is just the cheap zinc stuff if you want to get stainless you can for the extra money but I don't think it's going to matter for this for this next I got two small rubber washers that fit those rubber gaskets that fit those washers so a pair of those to go with the washers those may not be necessary I got him just in case and then the store that I got my eye bolt that came with one hex nut and then I got a another hex nut that's a locking hexanol if the eyeball can come with a regular hex nut on it and I probably would have gotten two locking ones um but I'm going to make use of the freebie the other thing I got is I went to a dollar store and got some cheapo nail polish in a bright color this is what's going to color the float and so there's you know one of the areas where you can customize they got a couple colors and I'm making a few of these so me and my son and my wife can all have our own color when we're out in water so the nail polish was at the dollar store is obviously dollar and all the hardware combined from the hardware store for this was about two bucks um so about three dollars worth of supplies the other thing that you're going to need which is probably going to be free for you because you probably have them left over is going to be a empty plastic bottle I'm using 20 ounce Gatorade bottles because they're firmer and a little more structurally sound I think as far as resisting getting squished it's a little bit thicker plastic than like a Pepsi box as far as I can tell and so I'm going to use these you can use anything really that your washers will fit in the lid of which is for these sides that I'm using almost anything so you can use a 20 ounce bottle of one liter or two or whatever you think you need and obviously a bigger bottle is going to float or have more buoyancy but I don't think we need to do anything crazy and of course you're going to need the lid to your Fieri bottle so the tools I've got just two sets of two pliers here Robo grips and a drill bit that is roughly the same size as your eye bolt change there so what we're going to do is create this this is one that's done so it's the eye bolt with there I've got the regular hex nut screwed all the way to the top washer and then a gasket then the Gatorade lid and then same thing is a gasket washer and then the locking hex nut so I tightened this hex nut just as tight as I could in my hands to the top of the eye bolt and then I tighten the lock nut as hard as I could just with my hands with the pliers all the way down on that so this is very very secure and my theory here is that the with the washers and the gaskets this should be a watertight seal if after I play with that turns out it's not I'll probably just take it apart and add a little bit of so come on there just like you would if you were clean on your boat just to waterproof it up and so the idea is that that will attach to the bottle when I'm all done I'll probably super glue the lid on to make sure it never comes loose and then your anchor line goes through there and this will be a float and I'm expecting this to work pretty good anchor floats commonly or right around this size three inches by five inches is a pretty common fluke size that I've seen online so I expect this is going to do just fine my goal isn't that this is strong enough to float the whole anchor just strong enough to float the end of the rope so I can clean your back up um so it doesn't even if you have a larger anchor than me um you know that shouldn't matter so much as long as you have plenty of rope to reach the bottom which obviously if you're using the inker you must so the nail polish what I did was I took gatoring balls and I rinsed them out really well and I just dumped the nail polish in the whole bottle and just kind of swirled it around so that it's full of color just to coat the inside as much as I could one um one of those cheap nail polishes wasn't quite enough to totally coat the entire inside so I'm probably going to go back and grab a second bottle of each color just to help complete the the paint so it's kind of even looking but you're still service purpose even if you skip this step this is just to make it look kind of pretty more finished but maybe easier to see obviously but I mean it's not necessary so I'm gonna let these I just did these I dumped the nail polish in I put a lid on that hadn't been drilled yet so it couldn't leak and I just kind of smacked it on my knee and rolled it around to spread out the nail polishes evenly as I could doesn't have to be perfect it doesn't even have to be there at all feel it but so that's what I went with um then I'm going to take a drill with a I used a I'll give you some sizes I use the 332nd but I wrote down what sizes I used for everybody so my eye bolts are three sixteenths by two inches the washers are quarter-inch washers because that's they didn't have the exact right size so I used quarter-inch washers and the lock nuts are ten twenty four I don't really know I agree so this is just what it said in the boss the block nuts are 1024 coarse thread lock nuts and quarter-inch gaskets those washers so drill a hole through your lid relatively centered and then you just put the pieces together and tighten it up so I want to take the eye bolt put on I'm going to put the plain hex nut on first if I had to walk nuts it wouldn't matter just because I want the locking nut underneath and to help hold it into the leather and then what and then a washer which is going to keep good even pressure on the gasket is my hope that's the idea so you've got you know this is pretty straightforward just drop the lid on if it's a nice tight fit you can screw the lid a little bit but um if you drill it to the right side you can just press it in put on the other gasket the other washer throw on the lock nut and then I am just taking a pair of Robo grips and yeah this is Oh as far as lock nut types this is the type that has like the teflon or nylon or whatever it is on the inside it's not the kind that has the little metal like grippy fingers I don't really know what the code but um I saw that other type there and I didn't want those because I don't want it to be um digging I don't know I just didn't want them mmm like I said I'm not a handyman I don't really have tons of knowledge of them based on the song I just thought this made sense to me as somebody grew knows only enough to be dangerous and once you get it down tight try to make sure the washers are relatively centered and the gaskets are underneath them relatively okay just so that it grabs all right and I'm going to go I'm going to tighten this bottom washer I mean bottom not as hard as I can up on the threads so that it doesn't have room to come loose away from this other night and then I'm going to screw this on and once I got it as hard as I can with my fingers I just took another pair of pliers to give me some leverage and make sure that I've got this on there super tight because I don't want this to leak or come loose because if it were to that would defeat the whole point of the foot so and that's all it is so you've got your lid here screw this on to your bottle run your anchor line through and you're all set that's your float if the bottle ever gets punctured or anything or beat up you can just keep this part and replace it with any other Gatorade bottle so these ones that I just added the nail polish to I'm gonna let these sit overnight at least make sure they're nice and dry is quite a bit of fumes come and a thick nail polish so I'll make sure they're nice and dry and everything and then when they're done I'll probably I'm probably going to superglue the lid on and maybe even yeah I'm probably just going to super glue it on I think just to make sure the lid can't come loose you know out on the water and then and then we should be good so um this is a 20 ounce Gatorade bottle this is a 32 ounce Gatorade bottle so not very different in size so um you seem like they should be fine for what I'm going to use them for if you needed more lift you could use a bigger bottle on one leader to leader or something and I think this would still work just fine so I'm using Gatorade again stead of Pepsi or coke because I went all this texturing in the plastic and kind of more rugged and I just wanted to be you know as strong as I can is just a little bit thicker plastic than what like a Pepsi bottles made out of as far as I can tell and with all this texturing strengthened so um so that's that I hope you guys enjoy this I think it's useful so again my final cost with the nail polish and if you had to buy the Gatorade bottle which I mean most people probably have a plastic bottle somewhere is like four bucks so and if the bottle ever gets punctured or something everything except the bottle part will be usable so you'll spend a dollar fifty or two bucks whatever on a new beverage and you can enjoy your Gatorade and then put your lid back on all this hardware should stay good again I got the chief zinc stuff it'd be an extra like $2 total if you wanted to get stainless I don't think it's going to matter enough for what I'm doing with it and that's it enjoy

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