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Any suggestions for an anchor? I see lots of choices but wondering what the group of Spark riders think will work best?

What do you think of those screw into bottom types?
 

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Give me your typical anchor location ?

I anchor on island near icw and ocean. Use Cooper anchor on the rear with a bungee style cable that allows it to flex. Then rope on the front that hooks to a screw in the sand.

If it's going to be a lengthy stay I use them. If I'm just stopping for a short period I beach it
 

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I used a sandbag anchor at a friends place on the lake that worked great. He had a 6 ft rope with a carabiner hook on it.
 

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Give me your typical anchor location ?

I anchor on island near icw and ocean. Use Cooper anchor on the rear with a bungee style cable that allows it to flex. Then rope on the front that hooks to a screw in the sand.

If it's going to be a lengthy stay I use them. If I'm just stopping for a short period I beach it
Chesapeake Bay type sand. Usually pull them up on a beach about as far as possible without straining. Then usually tie off to some large drift wood for some exploring. Last time though walked down the beach and came back a little bit later and the wave action and tide had pulled the log 5 feet into the water.

So thinking alternative would be anchor out or screw into sand on shore. Don't want to come back and see the Sparks as two colorful dots a mile out. That cooper seems light. Plastic is yours?
 

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Chesapeake Bay type sand. Usually pull them up on a beach about as far as possible without straining. Then usually tie off to some large drift wood for some exploring. Last time though walked down the beach and came back a little bit later and the wave action and tide had pulled the log 5 feet into the water.

So thinking alternative would be anchor out or screw into sand on shore. Don't want to come back and see the Sparks as two colorful dots a mile out. That cooper seems light. Plastic is yours?
Yes the cooper is plastic, but has some metal on the inside for tip. Like the plastic because its light and doesnt beat around the ski.

On the shore I use http://sandsharkanchor.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61 Comes apart in 3 pieces and holds in the sand with no issues.

So I basically throw out the cooper before I make it to shore, Let it grab, Cooper is connected to one of these http://www.westmarine.com/greenfield-products--anchor-buddy-mooring-line--P005_151_002_507 bungee cables to let it flex.

The I connect the rope to the handle bars, and put in the sand shark. On the beach side where the sand shark is, I have a slip knot. So that I can tighten easily.

Sometimes if im just beaching, I will use just the sand shark anchor to keep it from floating away on me.
 

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Yes the cooper is plastic, but has some metal on the inside for tip. Like the plastic because its light and doesnt beat around the ski.

On the shore I use http://sandsharkanchor.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61 Comes apart in 3 pieces and holds in the sand with no issues.

So I basically throw out the cooper before I make it to shore, Let it grab, Cooper is connected to one of these http://www.westmarine.com/greenfield-products--anchor-buddy-mooring-line--P005_151_002_507 bungee cables to let it flex.

The I connect the rope to the handle bars, and put in the sand shark. On the beach side where the sand shark is, I have a slip knot. So that I can tighten easily.

Sometimes if im just beaching, I will use just the sand shark anchor to keep it from floating away on me.
So are you just using the anchor buddy with no chain? And it's working well for you?
 

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I got 2 blue coopers, and just ordered the anchor buddies. I guess I'll pick up some stainless chain.

What size chain should I be looking at?

ETA - I just cancelled my anchor buddy order. Are you using the 7' or 14' anchor buddy? Any thoughts about what conditions these different lengths might work well in?
 

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So placed order today for a blue Sand Shark Jr. Looking forward to using it. I think itll hold 2 Sparks. I like that it extends and collapses. Stainless too.

Stainless chain? Big Box hardware store? True Value?
 

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I got 2 blue coopers, and just ordered the anchor buddies. I guess I'll pick up some stainless chain.

What size chain should I be looking at?

ETA - I just cancelled my anchor buddy order. Are you using the 7' or 14' anchor buddy? Any thoughts about what conditions these different lengths might work well in?
Pretty sure mine is a 7. but I bought the whole setup from a friend who sold his skis and it works great. He used them to hold a yahama ski
 

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I got mine used from a friend as he sold his skis. I got two Coopers, two sand sharks, two bungees, rope, etc. for $100 total.

Reminds me that I need to pay him.. LOL
 

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I got mine used from a friend as he sold his skis. I got two Coopers, two sand sharks, two bungees, rope, etc. for $100 total.

Reminds me that I need to pay him.. LOL
Awesome deal. I am moving towards that exact setup, and it will cost me much more than that...
 

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Awesome deal. I am moving towards that exact setup, and it will cost me much more than that...
Yes, heck of a deal. It works great too. I can leave my skis anchored 5-8 feet off shore and not worry about them for hours. (if the tide is coming in, LOL)
 

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Got my sandshark a few days ago. The nylon bag looks like it won't last long against the screw tip shark. Maybe I shoulda got the padded bag but $20 more bucks seemed like a lot as I was already spending $99 for it. Nothing a wrapped tshirt towel can't fix though.
 

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I cheaped out on the sand shark. For 1/4 the price I went with this:

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Tie-Down-Mate&i=37272

Since I wanted 2 of them, one for each spark, saved $160 over the sand shark pricing. The reviews were good, and I had other stuff to get, so I got the 20% off for the 4th of july. For the price of 2 sand sharks, I got a whole bunch of stuff (anchor buddies, anchor lines, buoys, etc).
 
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