The Jackson Kayak Big Rig due to its width a full length anchor trolley will ride up the side of the rod trough. This article explains the benefits and how to install a Split Anchor Trolley System on the Big Rig.
The definition of an anchor trolley is a loop of rope mounted to a kayak via two points which allows control of its anchoring point from the seated position. Essentially functions like a clothes line.
A split anchor trolley system is actually composed of two separate anchor trolleys. One located on the starboard side and the other located on the port side. One from the seated position to the bow and the other from the seated position to the stern.
The benefits of the split anchor trolley set up are the ability to anchor from two points at one time eliminating spinning of the kayak. Other benefits include a shorter loop is less invasive.
Things you will need:
- 4 Pulleys Stainless Steel
- 1/8″ bungee – Color of choice
- at least 30 feet of reflective 5/32″ poly rope or para chord
- 1 Pad Eye
- 2 SealectDesigns Deck Fitting – Double Loop
- 2 Nuts bolts and rubber washers.
- (2) 1 1/4″ Nylon Rings
- 2 Carabiner’s with eyes
This install is currently set up for Stake Out Poles. For a bottom hook anchor system you will need additional cleats not mentioned int his article.
You will need to decide which side you would like the trolley to be on. Either left on the bow and right on the stern or right on the bow and left on the stern.
The front trolley will require drilling of a deck loop.I installed mine just under the front of the rod tip protector. Previously using the screw in the front of the rod tip protector proved not to work correctly. The line rode up the side of the boat. Using the deck loop corrected the problem. To install that you will need to drill and using the 2 stainless bolts neoprene washers and nuts secure it to the boat.
To install the Sealect Designs Double Deck fitting simply remove the screw of the side handle at the center of the kayak (near the seating position). Slide the deck fitting and with a little Lok Tite refasten the screw. Do this for leash points as stated in the previous article! This will allow you to clip the carabiner. The other side is for leashing rods and gear.
Using the shock cord about 12″ for each pulley tie a double overhand knot after running through he handle deck loops in all four positions. You want 6-10″ of looped shock cord as this will absorb the pull of the anchor.
Once the pulleys are tied in place one to the bow on the Deck Loop with the shock cord. Now run 2 lengths of the the poly rope through the pulleys you want the tag ends to be at the bottom. You will now tie using half hitches to each side of the nylon ring. I like to use the poly rope or para cord with the reflective band weaved in. It adds a length of visibility at night.
Once all ends are tied to the rings burn the ends so the rope does not unravel over time. The system is now complete. Leave a tag end to adjust in the future as the rope weathers it may become slack. Simply retie. After fishing in salt water do rinse down the systems just to keep them moving through the pulleys and the rope will then last longer.
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