This anchor control and lock pulley does a fantastic job for an item costing less than six bucks. I still have to pick up the anchor and put it over the side, but this unit allows me to lower and raise the anchor while sitting in my deck pedestal seat. I pull the anchor line towards myself to raise the anchor, no longer having to lean over and pull the anchor straight up. It greatly reduces the strain on my back muscles. By hanging the anchors out just above the water before putting the boat in the water, the anchors are ready to drop simply by pulling on the line to unlock the mechanism and lower the anchor when ready to fish in one location. Another good feature is that I don’t have to put the anchor in the boat to move to another location and then put the anchor back over the side. I just pull the line in until the anchor reaches the pulley and lock it in place, still hanging over the water, then I move the boat to a new spot. Then, after I stop again, I unlock the line by pulling on it and lower the anchor again. This makes lowering and raising the anchor so much easier than before. (I bring the anchors inboard if I move the boat at speed with my outboard motor, but leave it out if moving the boat slowly with the outboard or with my electric trolling motor.) I handle the bow anchor and my fishing buddy handles the stern anchor, all without getting out of our fishing seats. I mounted my pulleys on pieces of plywood, then attached the plywood at the bow and stern of my bass boat with single screws so that the pulleys swing out so that the pulley wheel is just over the water to use the anchor and then swing inboard for covering the boat. The unit instructions states that it uses anchor line up to 1/2”. I am using a 5/16” braided, floating line and it just does lock in place. Any smaller and it would not lock. I recommend using at least a 5/16” floating line, or a 3/8” standard braided line if you want the locking mechanism to work properly. If the line is not thick enough, it will slip and not lock firmly.
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