2012 WS Ride 135 Anchor Trolley Install

Time to add an anchor trolley! I found that I NEVER remove my trolley, and I also like it a bit lower than most folks, so it doesn’t interfere with anything on deck. First, I gathered all my supplies –

I decided to start at the rear of the kayak. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to the inside of the hull here, so rivets were called for. These black ones blend with the deck loop and also have rubber on them to seal things up, but I added a dab of LEXEL anyway –

Since these rivets sit pretty much flush, I decided to use a deck loop with a flat mounting surface. The countersunk deck loop will be used up forward –

Since I had some PowerPro braid and a nut handy, I made my own plumb bob to keep things aligned –

The rear deck loop, installed –

Up front, I knew that I wanted a deck loop inside as well as out, even though Wildy puts some tie down line on the inside of the hatch. Never hurts to ensure you have the right size drill bit –

Installed –

The deck loop inside acts as a washer as well as an additional tie down point –

Next, it was time to add my pulleys. I chose to take some reflective line that I had and pull the core out. This will allow it to stretch a bit, but not as much as a bungee does. It also adds to my safety margin, by being reflective –

Slip on a piece of heat shrink and assemble. I used PowerPro braid to sew the ends together –

Move the heat shrink over it and melt ‘er down. This connection is NOT coming apart –

I repeated that on both ends and then moved to the actual trolley line and ring. Here it is already sewed and heat shrinked –

I made sure that I ran the line through the ring before making the final connection. This keeps it from pulling away from the hull –

Check it all for proper functioning. I actually had the line a bit too loose, and cut my last stiches, pulled the line tighter and restiched it. THEN, I completed the final heatshrink –

The finished product –

As you can see, I added some STS circles where the pulleys go. This will prevent them from banging. I went with circles instead of rectangles because corners tend to peel and circles don’t have corners!

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Chris Payne

A lifelong Texan, Chris Payne has been an outdoor enthusiast his entire life and has spent the last 15 years fishing mainly from a kayak. He is known for his thorough and helpful reviews as well as how to articles for nearly everything kayak fishing related. If you have questions or comments, you can leave them on this post or email Chris at: paynefish@gmail.com

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