I made my anchor out of a ten pound free weight and some length of nylon rope that I used to use for camping. Not sure if it works, but I'm gonna try it this weekend. What other crazy anchors have you guys made?
I don't use it on my yak, but on my 17' scanoe I made one out of a one gallon paint can. I filled it with concrete and while it was still wet, drove 3 or 4 short peices of rebar through it, leaving them stick out about 6 inches on each side. Worked great and cost me nothing.
For my yak, I use one of two I bought. One is a "mushroom anchor" which is kind of heavy for my yak. I also have one that folds up into what looks like an old style hand grenade, but opens up into four claws. It only weighs about 5 pounds. When folded up, it makes for a decent drag anchor, but it tends to open up.
I welded up my own yak anchors. The first one were four prongers - like the folding yak anchors. It weighed 3# and held even in fast river current.
I welded up a few with just two prongs and they work just fine at @ 2 1/2#.
I like welding mine 'cause I lose anchors constantly through dumbness.
Once I forgot I had anchored, started paddling away, and the knot popped.
Another time I was perching off Cleveland on 35 feet. Started catching,
dropped anchor, and watched it go... I forgot my Lake Erie line, the one I was
using was only about 15 feet long! Then there was the log jam on the Hoga.....