How to build a homemade boat anchor

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How to build a homemade boat anchor
You can build your own anchor. (bucket of rope image by Sirena Designs from

Making a homemade anchor for your boat is one way to save money. A five-pound anchor that holds a 1,000-pound boat can easily cost around £97. The materials for a homemade anchor can all be found at the local hardware store for a fraction of the cost. Besides saving money, this can make for an ideal family craft project. Remember that length of the rope is very important when making a homemade anchor because you want the anchor to sink to the bottom of the lake or pond. The goal of the homemade anchor is to keep the boat stable and still in the water.

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Things you need

  • 5 gallon rubber bucket
  • 175-foot anchor rope
  • 1 bag concrete cement mix

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  1. 1

    Place 3 feet of rope inside the bucket, leaving the remaining rope hanging free.

  2. 2

    Mix the concrete cement according to the instructions on the bag and pour into the bucket over the rope inside.

  3. 3

    Let dry until the cement hardens inside the bucket.

  4. 4

    Tie the free end of the rope on the boat. The homemade anchor is now ready to use.

Tips and warnings

  • If anchor rope is not available, then a chain can be used instead.
  • The anchor rope needs to be at least the length of your boat.
  • Wear rubber gloves when working with concrete and put a plastic cover on the ground to catch any spills. Work in a well-ventilated area.

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