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catman71

Anchor recovery

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I had a brand new 36 pound navy anchor, rope and clasp and the clasp opened up after an hour in the wind yesterday.

It's in 9 feet of water and I think I can get close. Mississippi sand, no weeds.

Are there any products that might assist me in retrieving it that cost less than 36 dollars (value of anchor) to rent?

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How good a swimmer are you?

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I should have said in the original post. I have little desire or skill to swin 9 feet down in 58 degree river water...

I tried to hold my breath for as long as it took me to type that, couldn't do it....

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is there still the clasp on the end or do you have a chain on the anchor? if you do take and make a grapple out of 1/4 steel bar with 6 hooks and trow and drag till you get it.. if its jsut rope on the anchor with no clasp or chain your screwed..

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I'd try to make/find a grappling hook and comb over the area a few times. Good luck.

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I'd spend the $36 and get a new one.....

Lots of hassle for less than a tank of gas IMO.

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You could always snag a slightly used one at a garage sale for less than $36, but that will require some time browsing around

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I'd go with Riverrat and just buy a new one. How much is your time worth to try to get it out of there?

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i had a similar problem on opener where i dropped my BRAND NEW (first time being dropped in the water) anchor and when it came time to pull it up, there was no way it was coming up with 2 guys yanking as hard as we could pull on it....

after about 30 min of trying to pull it up, we were jus about to cut the rope and say "to h#ll with it!" when a boat next to us saw our dilemma and told us to jus tie it to the back of the boat and start up the big motor and jus give it gas until it yanks loose.

i was scared to do it because i didn't want to wreck anything on my boat, but after enough convincing by the boat next to us, we did it and it came right out very easily, a lot easier then i thought it was going to. worked like a charm. i dunno if ur situation will allow u to do this, but it would be my advice.

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according to the minnesota safety course you are supposed to tie off to the bow with a taught line and drive in a circle around the anchor... what type of anchor were you using?

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when a boat next to us saw our dilemma and told us to jus tie it to the back of the boat and start up the big motor and jus give it gas until it yanks loose.

I would caution you to tie to the front of the boat and either back up or circle around like the DNR manual says, tying to the back could cause you to swamp the boat.

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make sure you set the shackle so that the pin doesnt unscrew when the rope rubs against it.

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Buy a Digger and a new rope, and live to fish another day..Eh.

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