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10-09-2014 07:22 PM
goodone1
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

Hi- it wasn't my method - but like you -it worked for me. Helcal anchors are hard to find here, so I ended up having one made by local ironworkers. It's a bit 'agricultural' as they say, but thus far it has held fast in 100 kph gusts. Congratulations.
10-09-2014 03:16 PM
tcjohn2
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

I used your technique to install a helical anchor in the intracoastal off Lake Worth, FL. It went well. Thank you for sharing!
11-27-2012 07:09 AM
SimonV
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

There has been quite a bit about helix type mooring, around Sydney in relation to protecting the sea grass. I haven't had time to look it up but I think I read it in the Afloat magazine.
11-27-2012 06:46 AM
Harry Tams
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

Sean

Re: "...using a nylon rode from the eye of the anchor to the buoy and a slightly longer chain as back-up.

I would have preferred a bungee rode but was quoted about $1000 so I'll see how this set-up works for a while".

A thousand dollars ($1,000) seems like too much 'profit' for some good quality tested rubber extrusion with attached fittings.

Can anyone assist with a more reasonable source of rubber (bungee type) mooring rode that can replace the use of chain for a permanent mooring?
Harry Tams
11-27-2012 01:24 AM
goodone1
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

Greetings Harry
Re: The helix anchor rig
The marina pool depth varies by 1 ft (plus or minus) depending on the prevailing wind and the river flow; which is regulated by a system of weirs and dams upstream. I felt fairly confident therefore just using a nylon rode from the eye of the anchor to the buoy and a slightly longer chain as back-up.

I would have prefered a bungee rode but was quoted about $1000 so I'll see how this set-up works for a while.

I don't really have any hard data to back me up; but I'm sure that if we had hurricanes here, the anchor would hold fast.
Cheers
Sean
11-21-2012 07:50 AM
Harry Tams
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

My apologies
The answer to my own question is in the first post by Joel73 on 5/15/08
Harry
11-21-2012 07:14 AM
Harry Tams
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

Hello Sean G
Re: "If you look closely at YARDPRO's photos, you'll notice the wooden disc "

I don't know where to find the photo's you refer to.

I would expect the job to be difficult. 10' (3m) is a long way into the earth!

How did you rig it? Rubber Bungee?

Harry
11-21-2012 01:45 AM
goodone1
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

Harry
With the help of three friends, I installed my jerry- built helix anchor using YARDPRO's 'PVC pipe' method over the weekend. We moored sternfast two metres off the wharf and secured port and starboard bowlines to the river bank and a houseboat moored nearby.
On our first attempt we snagged something about 2 metres down and for a while, were unable to screw up or down. We eventually retrieved it with the assistance of a 4WD and managed to drill the full 3 metres on our second attempt. It was tough going... even into swamp marsh !!

If you look closely at YARDPRO's photos, you'll notice the wooden disc fixed to the anchor shaft to keep the shaft in the centre of the PVC pipe. It's a touch off genius that works like a charm!

I apologise for the lack of photos...all hands on deck were busy.

Sean G
11-06-2012 10:28 AM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

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Originally Posted by goodone1 View Post
G'day Harry
I enquired about the Wombat system last year but eventually gave up because I couldn't get any specific info about the holding power from the manufaturers/developers. My impression was that they were for smaller than 30 ft-ers. Finally I had a 10ft helix anchor made locally. I'm goimg to attempt to install it Nov. 17th by the method described in the forum. Wish me luck.
Cheers
Goodone1
I do wish you luck!

And I also wish you will report to this group how it went.

Thank you in advance.
11-06-2012 08:01 AM
goodone1
Re: Installed a helix mooring anchor last weekend...

G'day Harry
I enquired about the Wombat system last year but eventually gave up because I couldn't get any specific info about the holding power from the manufaturers/developers. My impression was that they were for smaller than 30 ft-ers. Finally I had a 10ft helix anchor made locally. I'm goimg to attempt to install it Nov. 17th by the method described in the forum. Wish me luck.
Cheers
Goodone1
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