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koolwhip 04-18-2013 10:06 PM

Anchoring for floating rail
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Just curious to see if anyone here has experience with floating rails. I've recently acquired a 60' floating rail and have been having some issues getting it to stay in place. Currently I've been anchoring with a cinder block on either end and placing it in about 12 to 15 feet of water. With the wind, the boat's wake and grade changes, this set up moves around quite a bit. Any ideas or experiences would be great.

beretta5spd 04-18-2013 10:47 PM

I have been dealing with the exact same problem. My advice to you is to use heavy concrete anchors out from each of the four corners. then use ratcheting straps to tighten one end, and then move to the other. This will tighten up very snug. The average ratcheting straps are around 1500 lb capacity each.

jtiblier123 04-19-2013 4:22 AM

Try using the long 4' screw anchors that people use to keep trailer homes secure.

jrz1 04-19-2013 5:09 AM

I have a 20' Rave water trampoline. I went to home depot and got one of those large, heavy duty plastic storage bins, 3-4 bags of quickcrete, a string of rebar and a 3' section of heavy chain. Fill the bin with the concrete 1/2 way up, lay the rebar horizontally across the quickcrete with one link of chain around the rebar and the rest hold up above the bin. Then fill the rest of the bin with quickcrete enveloping the rebar and the bottom several links of chain. it will weigh a lot and be a permanent anchor. You may want a string and bouy ball on the end of the chain as taking the anchor in/out of the water will not be easy given the weigh but it should hold well.

tarek 04-19-2013 9:30 AM

When we weight down the features at the cable park, we filled old tires full of concrete and had some sort of U-Ring that we can chain the weight to the feature. Depending on the size of the feature, you may need 4 to 6 weights to get a real solid hold. Also try to add some body weight on the rail to sink it into the water a little bit when figuring out the length of the chains etc.

volzalum 04-19-2013 11:40 AM

I think he meant concrete block, not engine block.

koolwhip 04-20-2013 9:55 PM

Thanks for all the advise guys. It seems that I will need to find something heavier then the cinder blocks Im currently using to get a stronger hold. Unfortunately I have to tow the rail in and out each time its used, so I cant do anything to crazy and I cant put permanent lines in the cove. I will have to cruise around home depot and see if I can find something to fill with concrete that wont be ridiculously heavy.

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