- Tue May 05, 2009 6:54 pm
Here ya go, Pepper, new pics fresh outa the camera. The first pic shows the painful simplicity of the scheme. In fact, both sprits were intended to be working models . . . not even prototypes. But They're made of cedar and just won't die, so I never got around to building the "real" ones. In fact, I even used the stern sprit as an impact barrier when I had to beat a frozen wheel off a drum with a 5-lb hand-sledge when I had a flat, and I'm still using it - lol! The second picture shows it installed. The world isn't really upside down, it's just my canoe's hanging from the carport roof cooling its heels.
True Factual Tale: A few years ago I came across Gumbo and Madman off the Texas City Dike; I found them riding at anchor on the Mosquito Island flats, a-fishin', and I pulled up and dropped my manta, or mini-bruce, anchor. Didn't take long before I was slowly scooting downwind. Drat, I thought, pulled anchor, paddled back and reanchored. Started sliding away again. Went through several gyrations of this before finally getting a good bite while they laughed and snarked at me the whole time (hey, what're friends for??). Finally, after things settled down a little, I asked 'em with some exasperation what the heck kind of anchors they were using that held so solidly on that featureless sandy bottom in that afternoon breeze. I couldn't believe my eyeballs when they showed me their dumbells. As I recall, they were hanging off their stern anchors only, and so were able to point to the bow anchors dangling from the pulleys for show 'n' tell (they were, and still are, in plastic SINKS, Pungo 14's I believe, tho' Gumbo had an ancient Dagger rec boat at the time I think). That was my introduction to this method of sportin' anchors.
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