Drift Anchor

As I was thinking about possible issues that could occur during my river trip, an idea occurred to me. In the case of light winds, perhaps I could utilize the river’s current to help pull me downstream, and it turns out there’s a commercially available device that could work for that, the drift anchor. It’s actually meant to keep a boat’s bow pointed into the waves in the case of losing power in rough weather. What I am hoping to do with it is use it in reverse.

It looks pretty rough, and it should. This is more of a prototype at this point.

Fabric, marker, cork trivet, ruler, and tack.

Fabric, marker, cork trivet, ruler, and tack.

Slid the trivet under the fabric, and tacked the ruler to it.

Slid the trivet under the fabric, and tacked the ruler to it.

Circle drawing time!

Circle drawing time!

Pac Man? Om nom nom nom!

Pac Man? Om nom nom nom!

Hemmed the outer rim.

Hemmed the outer rim.

Zig-zag stitched the hell out of all the seams.

Zig-zag stitched the hell out of all the seams.

Made some loops to attach to lines.

Made some loops to attach to lines.

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