|Removing excess rebar.|
A 55-gallon barrel, bag of cement, an old boom chain, sand and rocks from the beach, and water from the lake made an inexpensive weight.
|We used rope to connect to the anchor.|
|John laying out the rope for the drop.|
|Melting the end of the rope.|
Next, John melted the underwater end of the polypropylene rope with a propane torch to keep it from fraying over time.
|Knotting the rope to the end of the anchor's boom chain.|
|Moving the raft with the tin boat.|
That gave it a good pulling angle to keep the boom in position.
|John pushing the barrel anchor overboard.|
He chiseled a notch in the log for a secure attachment, used a log staple to keep the rope in place, wrapped the log three times, and knotted the end. We had some extra rope, so John weighted the end down with a piece of old boom chain. You never know when you might need to make an adjustment.
|Tying the rope to the ends of the protective boom log.|
The last step was to cover the exposed rope with mill felt. This will help reduce sun damage. Now we have two anchors at this critical point on our log boom. If the old steel cable one installed in 2000 breaks, we have the new “steel” rope to take over. Now that’s a good feeling for the stormy winter months to come. -- Margy