Jet Ski Anchoring

Jet Ski Anchoring

so here's my anchor bag and my move this is another anchor I'm gonna use next season but I'll show you what I use last season and we'll work in most cases but I had a little trouble with it when the current was real strong sometimes I had a hard time hooking up so I'm gonna modify this anchor cut the stalks off a little bit cut the shank down but it has bigger of flutes and this is an anchor or the rope that's going to be tied to your bow this colored one here is about 8 or 9 foot long and I got a quick clip on here so what you'll do with this rope before you get out on the water you'll put this on your bow pull this all the way through tighten it up open your hatch up and then you'll run this color one right there and when you close the hatch your rubber seal will pinch down and hold it if in your case if you're using a little bit smaller of this rope is about 3/8 in diameter this stuff here is a quarter-inch if the Rope is a while you're out there and waves are pulling it through then you can tie a knot in it just tie a knot in it right here and then make sure that when you close it and pinch that knot inside that way it won't come loose and that's something you're gonna need to watch while you're out there but this doesn't come loose and end up down underneath there because the MOR comes out the more let's start pulling out and so got to keep it out of your pump this rope here I'm going to there's a little crack right here I'm gonna stick it in there and you'll have to find where you want it to put this rope even if you don't have a quick release you'll need some means of being able to get this rope back while you're seated because there's no getting over here to the front unless you jump off the jet ski out there in the water so when you're anchored up and you're you're anchored by your bow and the ropes that way you gotta be able to pull this back towards you okay so what I've got from my anchor here is my bungee cord it's a six to nine last year I was using this shorter one here and it worked but I think sometimes when the waves were a little big and the current was strong it was a is getting maxed out so this coming season I'm gonna use one a little bit longer and it's a six by nine it's made by airhead you can get them wherever I got this one Amazon Virginia dime Bass Pro Academy wherever I got that one that Academy okay so the anchor this is a dance for style anchor and you can see the size difference the fuchs are just a tad bit bigger and the shank or the stock on this one was a little bit longer but I cut them off to fit in this anchor bag that you also get a Bass Pro Shop so then you'll need a shackle there at the end in the chain you don't necessarily need a shackle but I have one and this is four foot quarter inch galvanized chain and so this little anchor would probably work if I added another two foot of anchor chain or maybe went to a 5/16 tanker and then six foot it would probably work but I'm just gonna go ahead and try to modify this one and see how it works if it ends up being too heavy Oh compare and just not worth the extra effort then I'll probably go back to this one and try it out but one of the problems with this one is that it's a slip angle and so in theory it's supposed to work well but what really happens is when you let go it starts fluttering in the water and then it starts going down like that and then it slides up and then you're down on the bottom of the ocean pulling it backwards and so they won't hook so you'll have to go back you know riding it back out and then get it right so what you could do is a put a tie wrap around here with a bunch of our weld a little piece of a rod in there or something like that if you have this style to keep from sliding back I personally don't like it at all if I do continue to use it I'm gonna do something about it I'll weld a little piece iron in there okay then the Rope is a challah braid polypropylene this is the stuff you want to get get the yellow one it's high visibility that way you see it out there don't get hint rope or anything like that just go get this stuff it's cheap I think Academy has 100 foot for like five dollars oh and this little anchor it'd probably work too if I had more rope but 100 foots kind of already enough to be dealing with prey out another 25 foot – it may be but I couldn't find any where I could find one piece of 125 or 150 I don't want to tile not I'm not in it so I'm just gonna go to the bigger anchor but if you're if you're familiar with it you know anchoring and the angles and the depth of the water then 100 foot actually already too short but it does work for the jet skis put all this back in there put the anchor on top get all my bungee cord so that in there cinch it up like that grab it and throw it in there then I'll take this little piece isn't required but it comes in handy I got a little GoPro a ram ball mount right there and I'm just hooking on it and so like I said make sure that's tight close the hatch and it's ready to go quarter-inch shackles when you put these on you want to thread them all the way finger tight and then just get some pliers and go another quarter to a half turn you got to get real tight but uh so you don't want that thing backing out and you just gotta tighten a little bit it'll stay but if you're out on the water and you take it off for some reason then you can use your fishing pliers to get it loose so don't get super tight all right so now if I was ready to anchor up I got the engine off right now but you're out there sometimes you have the engine running because your proximity to the rig or you're trying to hold the point or the currents pretty strong so you'll have to get used to what you're doing be familiar with it you definitely need to practice either in a river go offshore somewhere to practice this the way you're not doing it out there for the first time so I keep everything in my front hatch and so I'll grab my anchor bag instead of next to me pull out my booty grab my rope and this here is a quick-connect clip I got on eBay somewhere it's quick release soft stainless steel I don't even remember what they called it but I knew what I wanted so it took me a while to find it but I finally found it but I bought this on eBay and I worked most of last season still going good alright so good Shanker bag I've already got my booty connected here so I'll drop my anchor and the water here is only a 15-foot deep but uh out there in the ocean obviously it'll be a lot deeper and always drop my anchor on on my left side because my transducers on the underside so you want to try and keep your your rope out of the transducer if you've got to mount it on the back of your hole like I do so just keep letting line out and on the rope like I said it does a pretty good job of not getting tangled up and I prefer to be turned around while I'm doing this as you can see the ropes going underneath my jet ski it's not ideally the way I like doing it but sometimes you're not always in control of things so learn how to do it even the hard way and so I know the anchors hooked up now so I can go ahead and just hold it and it'll spin me around so now I can really let it out the way I like to spend a little bit too much okay so now I'm at the end of my route and I'm gonna do this take my foot quick-release clip and just hooking on my buoy connect it and that's it and so I'll let all this go make sure you get on tangles and everything's loose and hooked up and just let it go pull me around in a minute and then I just put my bag back in the front but I'll leave now since I'm about to use again I got this little RAM ball mount here and I use that for stuff like that right there just something to attach to that way I don't lose them okay so I'm anchored up here's my quick release line and so if you get bite on or something or you just want to go try a different spot but you want to leave leave your anchor then some guys have the rope they don't have the quick-release and so they have to pull it back and and unclip it by hand well I can do it do it with just this rope just got to give it a pull then it comes loose then pull all my rows back in and either I'm going to fight a fish I'll just drop it right there and hold on to it or just be aware that it's hanging down there and not start the engine if I'm gonna move well then I'll throw it all back in the front so I'll just hold on to it I'll start up all right so our movies over there let's say I finish fighting the fish I want to go back and get it if the current isn't real strong on the ocean like his is in the river I'll just reach down and I'll grab by my hand or I've got my gaff in the back I got a short little gaff that floats and so I'll use that gaff and I'll hook that rope but as soon as you hook it you need to be cognizant of where the rope is we don't want to get that thing sucked up all right so we'll go get it and I'll show you how to really back in just come alongside grab that rope and shut your engine off so at this point you can start to pull it all back in no put you anchor down there I mean you're a buoy and stand on it all so let's see if the current is real strong out there yeah the winds blowing pretty good right now and the rivers flowing a little bit I pulled myself all the way back 100 feet so what something i can do is start my engine make sure I got all my rope lock now and I'll pull it out an angle you don't wanna go real fast because you don't want to rip all this stuff out of your hand and optimum eat your foot and get hung up in it and so this is going to take practice and you'll just have to guesstimate about how far you've gone then what I'll do is I'll cross back over a little bit so that I'm somewhere directly over my anchor I'm guessing shut the engine back off and what I'm gonna do now is drift towards it and so I just pull the rope in real quick wherever you choose and practices if you do it in the river just remember when you're out there and the currents movement at 4 miles an hour you've got other people around you or the rig need to be prepared for it all so just definitely what I'm saying is practice practice in similar conditions go offshore a few hundred yards half mile or something like that in practice okay so got on my rope I'll set my anchor down go all my chain in my bag and I'll put the rope in first oh and another thing I've got a piece of rubber that's 8 inch thick rubber that I couldn't put in the bottom because it is an anchor bag and it's got somewhat of a durable bottom but I did cut through one of them one time with the anchor so if you got a old piece of carpet or rug or something she can put down there that'll help if you choose you get this exact same bag then I'll put my anchor in there on top of the rope and then dump all that in there get my bungee shove all that in there and tighten back up so now I'm ready to put it back in the front so I'll drop that in there and then I'll take this little string and I'll put it I'll just hang it right there that way it's easy to grab grab my rope and kind of pop it around the front like that pull it tight you want it tight don't under Neath that corner right there that'll help hold it tight especially you got a lot of wave action over the bow that way we want to pull that rope out if I'm done for the day I throw all this stuff in there better mommy this will stay up here it came loose on me better that stays right there got a knot keep them coming out pull that one tight and just let it go very end slim and that's it all right I'm going to lose and you need a hundred foot of challah bread poly rope this is a 100 foot by Porter it's rock mildew resistant and it floats call 778 and then you know come down here to this section and you'll need to get a shackle this one's a stainless 5/16 but you can get the quarter inch galvanized that will work or the stainless steel whichever one you want alright here's the chain all they got in stock right now is a 5/16 galvanized so it's 282 per foot and then the quarter inches to 21 this is what quarter-inch looks like what this is Inc plated so like I said don't get anything zinc plated it'll hold up for a little while but eventually it'll start rusting so just get the galvanized all right I'm at Walmart and they've got the anchor chain kits that comes with four foot of quarter inch chain and two shackles and that's for almost sixteen dollars so you can either go this route or piece piece it together by going to Lowe's or Home Depot or wherever or if you already got some chain but if you go with this then you're limited to 4 foot and based on my experience for foots absolute minimum I think six foot Sivan better don't get any of these types of anchors this is kind of anchor you need but this is a slip anchor for this slips right here kind of don't like that I'll explain that later you'll need a buoy right here this exact same one for 2396 and now they got some rope here this is polypropylene rope hollow braid I kind of don't like it I like the one at Lowe's better they got this stuff here but it's only 40-foot but go ahead and grab one of these for a dollar ninety six and just throw it in your stuff and keep it in case you ever need it as an emergency stuff I'm at a CAD imme and I got the quarter inch polypropylene 400 foot for five bucks so that's pretty good deal compared to Lowe's I got these I use these you don't have to necessarily buy them but that's something I use the floating dock lines floating important they got the galvanized chain kit a 6-foot for $15 that's pretty good deal so if you're going to Academy just get that one I really got the coated one also but it's only four foot the anchor lines don't get these anchor lines even though they call them anchor lines too big don't need anything that big check this out Marine Raider galvanized shackle that is galvanized rumerator galvanized shackle stainless steel shackle oh but since things stealing the corner dumbasses

11 thoughts on “Jet Ski Anchoring

  1. Awesome info, thanks for taking the time to explain all that. I am buying the same setup!

    I will also use the anchor bag full of sand for a stern anchor while at the sandbar to anchor off shore a bit to avoid dragging the hull through sand to beach. Also avoid getting stuck with tide changes. Saltwater application.

  2. 40 ft deep will require 280 feet of rope… chain is used for at least two purposes… first, to add weigh to the anchor end.. second, to prevent the anchor end rope from being cut by sharp coral and rocks.

  3. There's a reason why the shanks the you cut off were manufactered with that length in mind… maybe you should do some research on anchor design before chopping a design to prevent the anchor from twisting and flipping..

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