DIY Sandbar Anchor
We recently bought a lake lot on the south end of Gun Lake in Shelbyville, MI. We did so after buying a pontoon last March. We realized how much time it sucked away from our fun for Greg to go all the way to our buddy’s house, where we stored the boat, hook up, drive a half hour to the boat launch, play for a couple hours til near dark, put the boat back on the trailer, drive all the way back to our buddy’s house to store it and get back home usually near 10 pm.
The lot came with a boat lift and decking, which has made it awesome to simply get on and go and park and go when done. We may still get home around 10, but at least we had more play time.
Well, Gun Lake has several shallow spots and sand bars and gets SUPER busy on the weekends. A regular boat anchor wasn’t cutting it with the waves.
We looked at retail sandbar anchors, but were amazed at how much they cost! Some retailed at $150!!! I wasn’t about to pay that much for pvc pipe and a little ingenuity. I bought two dock augers similar to these. Greg found two large pieces of discarded 1 1/2″ PVC pipe at work and that’s all it took!
We cut the pvc pipe to 48″ as that seemed to be the standard when researching sandbar anchor heights. Using a blow torch to soften the opening of the pvc pipe, Greg was able to secure the auger installation easily. It was super hot, so we cooled it off with a bit of water and it still took a few minutes before we could touch it to continue.
He then drilled pilot holes to make sure we were able to secure the bolts through to the other side.
To finish up, Greg found an old broom at work and cut the handle to about 18″. We used a broom handle because it was free and because it was a size that we could cut through the 1 1/2″ pvc pipe that wouldn’t reduce the integrity of the pipe and break or crack when cranking the diy sandbar anchor into the sand. He bought some rope from Walmart, that cost about $10 and fashioned a loop that would go through the crank hole and still be able to come off quickly.
And that was it! Our very own diy sandbar anchor for about $42. We’ve used it several times already and have plans for water games using a similar method!
Greg referenced a YouTube video to make the diy sandbar anchor. You can find it here. They detail all the tools you’ll need to make the prep work so much easier! Good luck and have fun on the water any time!