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A Smart Invention: Anchor Your Inflatable Dinghy

You may have a 12 foot inflatable Zodiac that you use for things like gunk-holing, taking the dog to shore, and beach parties. However, dragging it up on the rocks, tying it to a tree, or leaving it unattended on the beach is not the best situation. However,  some savvy dinghy owner has figured out a solution -- the Anchor Buddy.

The Anchor Buddy, which retails for $25, is a poly-covered bungee cord that stretches from 14 to 50 feet. It comes in several different colours and is designed for kayaks, personal water crafts, and boats up to 4,000 pounds. You will also need a small galvanized folding grapnel anchor ($9.99 and up) and a 50 foot bow line. Simply drop anchor, proceed to shore (the anchor line stretches), step out of your boat with your bowline in hand, and the Anchor Buddy pulls your boat out to the anchor site. There is a great demo on the Anchor Buddy website. All components can be purchased at your local marine retailer. Happy and safe anchoring!


Comments (2)

  1. Monica:
    Oct 03, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Thanks for the tip! I'm going to pass it along to friends and family!

  2. Earl:
    Oct 06, 2011 at 07:06 PM

    We have an Anchor Buddy. We call it the "rubber dinghy springy thingy". It works great.

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