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    Default pins, keys, keepers for a folding anchor

    I just purchased a beautifully made folding "fisherman's" anchor but it is missing the keys. Any ideas where I might find two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    I just purchased a beautifully made folding "fisherman's" anchor but it is missing the keys. Any ideas where I might find two?
    That will probably be a make, not a find/buy. What do they look like?
    You will also need some galvo (hot dipped) chain so that they do not get lost again.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: pins, keys, keepers for a folding anchor

    Yeah, probably have to make them, but I do not know what they looked like. The galve chains are missing too, but that is no as much of a problem as the pins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    Yeah, probably have to make them, but I do not know what they looked like. The galve chains are missing too, but that is no as much of a problem as the pins
    OK, what shape are the holes? Pictures?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: pins, keys, keepers for a folding anchor

    Can you post some pictures of the anchor and key slot with dimensions? I have one I could take the dimensions of off.

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    My two fishermen only have the one for the stock. One has a key, the other does not. But in the case of the folding stock, you really only need something in the slot to keep the stock from sliding. Any pin, wire, shim or even line will do.

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    The holes are about 5/16" or a bit more. There are places near each hole where a galvanized chain was attached. I will try to post pics.
    I am imagining the pins had some kind of fixture on the ends to keep them from falling out of the holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johngsandusky View Post
    My two fishermen only have the one for the stock. One has a key, the other does not. But in the case of the folding stock, you really only need something in the slot to keep the stock from sliding. Any pin, wire, shim or even line will do.
    Same with mine, the hole is a slot, but with this one the holes are round and need a pin of some sort with a fixture on the end to keep them from falling out when deployed.

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    I gotta drawer full of old bolts, rusty nails ,clapped out bailing wire and two vice grip fi dat.

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    I have made some useful pins by taking a stainless steel eyebolt of appropriate size, cutting off the threads, and drilling a hole in the end for a cotter pin or cotter ring.
    I will beg you for advice, your reply will be concise, and I will listen very nicely and then go out and do exactly what I want! (Apologies to Lerner and Lowe.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    The holes are about 5/16" or a bit more. There are places near each hole where a galvanized chain was attached. I will try to post pics.
    I am imagining the pins had some kind of fixture on the ends to keep them from falling out of the holes.
    A 5/16th stainless split pin will do it. Spread the open end slightly and bend it back to make a springy swelling. This should allow it to be pushed in but be just fat enough so that it will not slide back out
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Because a picture is worth 1000 words...

    This is the key for the Wilcox Crittenden anchor I picked on Craigslist a while back. Pretty simple, just tapered bit of flatstock.
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    Brass toilet drain chain might work OK for you on the lake, Grant.

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    Default Re: pins, keys, keepers for a folding anchor

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    Here are some pics of the anchor. the holes are 3/8 diameter. It seems to be a very well made anchor but no market to indicate maker.
    thanks for all of the previous suggestions. I know I can rig up something that would work as Bruce and Nick have suggested, but
    I was hoping to find what the original looked like. Thanks

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    Default Re: pins, keys, keepers for a folding anchor

    These folding anchors are still made, and relatively inexpensive.
    Search ebay>folding anchor (or admiralty anchor)>most expensive first
    item number 333184759845
    (They start at 5 kg.)
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    I think I found just the ticket..
    https://www.amazon.com/RanchEx-10233.../dp/B0747GKNG7
    Only I wont pay this much for two. There are many in stainless for less money.

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    That looks like what you need but zinc chromate isn't very rustproof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    I think I found just the ticket..
    https://www.amazon.com/RanchEx-10233.../dp/B0747GKNG7
    Only I wont pay this much for two. There are many in stainless for less money.
    There is a fiddly fragile spring behind that ball. It might not last very long in a marine environment,.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Ahhh,.... That kind of folding anchor. I have two of that exact style (they may actually date as far back as the late 1800’s). The really aren’t “keepers” as much as massive cotter pins, splayed just enough to give a bit of a spring action. I can post a closeup if you like.
    8 pounds and 60 pounds.
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    I just got one off craigslist, too. 15#. Perfect for me. But my holes are round so it was easy to find pins. my chains had rusted away, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman View Post
    I just got one off craigslist, too. 15#. Perfect for me. But my holes are round so it was easy to find pins. my chains had rusted away, too.

    Kenny
    Mine are round too. What kind of pins did you use, Kenny?

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