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So i just got my first kayak the FS12t. I took it out for the first time today and realized I want an anchor trolley on it, my main question is do i need the cleat to tie the line to it or can I just latch my anchor line on to the ring on the trolley. I ask because the anchor i have has a carabiner and a float on it so I wouldnt be able to pass it through the loop or even attach it to a cleat.

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  • kayakerinkeywestkayakerinkeywest Posts: 569 Officer
    you kind of need something to stop the line from sliding forward or back as your kayak is pushed around. It's not too much of an issue if you are in steady current or wind and you are basically all the way back or all the way forward. The kayak will be under tension so it won't move. Where the cleat comes into play is when you are in that middle ground and you are trying to keep the kayak at an unnatural angle. Without the cleat, the pressure will force the rope to slide one way or the other.

    Remember, only one side of the two lines that run front to back needs to be in any kind of mid bracket. The other line should be totally free from front all the way to back. That way you won't have any interference from your carabiner.
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  • noelg11892noelg11892 Posts: 265 Deckhand
    So the trolley line itself needs to be secured? not the anchor line which i could just carabiner to the trolley?
  • LighthouseKipLighthouseKip Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    You definitely need to secure the anchor line or else it will slide. You can do this with a cleat. I personally don't like drilling holes into my kayak, so I just wrap the anchor line around the foot peg.
  • crackedconchcrackedconch Posts: 381 Deckhand
    I bought an anchor trolley kit, which includes 2 pulleys, a cam cleat (for the trolley line), trolley rope, and ring. It was easy to install. I don't like drilling holes in my kayak either, but sometimes you have to in order to make something work. Also, I use a Stick-it Pin for my anchor. It's good for about 5 feet of water. Run it through the ring into the bottom and then position it on the yak with the trolley. Once you have it in position, run the line through the cam cleat. There's several ways to do, that's just how I did. Google kayak anchor trolley, there tons of ideas out there. Good luck!
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  • kayakerinkeywestkayakerinkeywest Posts: 569 Officer
    noelg11892 wrote: »
    So the trolley line itself needs to be secured? not the anchor line which i could just carabiner to the trolley?

    Yes. Otherwise the trolley line and your loop/ring will move back and forth throwing off your angle.

    You can clip your anchor line to the loop/ring and then move it back and forth to the desired angle. Once you have that correct, cleat off the trolley line so it does not move. For safety, you can run the anchor line through your loop/ring and then attach somewhere that is easily/quickly accessible. Then you can slide the ring/loop front or back to desired angle and then cleat it off. That way, if you get into trouble, you can just release the anchor line and it will pull through the ring/loop and you will be free.
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