It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's a length of heavy chain that you attach to an anchor rope and drag behind you on the river. It controls drift and keeps the end dragging it pointed upstream. I've wrapped mine in several layers of duct tape so that the individual links don't get caught up on ledges. If you let out more line it slows you more or can even stop you. If you let out less line, or just allow a few links to scrap along, it slows you less but still keeps the bow pointed downstream (assuming it hangs off the stern). Mine is a two foot section of whatever the heaviest chain they sell at Tractor Supply Warehouse.
I just put the raft up on the rack last night. Next time I have it down, I'll shoot some photos for you and send them along.
- Big D
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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