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    Posted: 01 Feb 21 at 1:20pm
Planning for post lock down! What options are there for temporarily holding a single-hander whilst dealing with the trolley? I occasionally sail in a place with a shallow beach / mud flat where it can take a few minutes to walk from low-water to high-water so if you launch or recover at low tide you need someone to hold your boat whilst you go get the trolley. Has anyone tried one of those small SUP grapple hooks that weigh around 0.7kg - might be a good way to "anchor" the dinghy for a few mins whilst you sort out the trolley. Other options?
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When I had my Miracle, I used a "mushroom" type anchor. They are well designed for dinghy use though any anchor is a bit of a weight to carry around whilst sailing. Force 4 do them

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Thanks Chris - with the advent of SUPs there is a wide range now. The smallest are grapple four arm things that are 18cm long and weigh 0.4kg which should be ok if you can push it into the mud with your foot I would thought for a few mins whilst you run to get a trolley! (https://www.amazon.co.uk/BSOL-Folding-sailing-accessories-equipment/dp/B07ZDBT7LL/ref=sr_1_22?adgrpid=48657333770&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6t6ABhDMARIsAONIYyxmEu_lgVs-6EOqtM6R-iANOxlQKj8Lo0Ymu_bN1zuPwf-isCxKqT8aAn8mEALw_wcB&hvadid=259058729160&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006886&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=14125078953196155197&hvtargid=kwd-300623903960&hydadcr=13282_1748158&keywords=sup+anchor&qid=1612186035&sr=8-22&tag=googhydr-21)

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Did the mushroom version work well Chris?
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Suspect the tiny anchors will struggle in waves, but OK otherwise.

Picturing in my head a grappling anchor with just two prongs, not four, which you step on to push in but there are no sharp sticking up bits for the boat or feet to hit.
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Thanks Rupert, the spot I launch is sheltered in an estuary hence the long walk from HW mark! Its basically a better alternative to pulling the boat onto the mud for a few mins which over time will result in scratches to the gelcoat. The ones I am looking at have four prongs.
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I have a small Bruce Anchor and about 2m chain, which I leave in while sailing which has resulted in the odd swim to retrieve when the tide has come in.
it works fine apart from in a strong on onshore breeze when one of the isues is getting it deep enough when wading in.
At lee a few of us were using similar bits of kit to launch and recover and I did take mine with me and use to form a course for a bit of racing with rabbit starts or practice mark rounding etc.
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My Wanderer came with a folding 4 prong grapnel. I used to have a Bruce (many years' ago!) and I found that it was very effective, but a pain to store in the dinghy - you really need the specialist deck blocks.

The big problem I see is that most anchors are designed to bite into the seabed, of catch on things - exactly what you don't want to have loose in a dinghy. Same thing with a mud weight/mushroom.
Try a lightweight folding grapnel - with a mesh bag to keep it from chipping the gel coat.

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How far from launch point up to safe trolley?

Would it be possible to go at it from the other direction? Stamp an anchor in at your predicted safe trolley location, then take a line down with you to take a bight on while you run the trolley up. That way there's no need to have a muddy anchor to safely stow onboard your nice dinghy.
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Just wondering if you can put an "outhaul" on the trolley going up the beach, and you simply pull the line and the trolley goes up the beach. Trouble is, you are left with a long, dangly line as a trip hazard.
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