Permanent Ice Tie-Downs?

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Permanent Ice Tie-Downs?

Post by BobK »

What kind of tie-down anchors are people using when permanently tying down on lakes/ice?

Ive been using these:
They work pretty good... The ones I use are about 28" long, with the "auger" portion being about 4.5" in diameter. One for each wing, and one for the tail. I use an ice-auger to drill through the ice, and then hang these in the water and let it re-freeze. Then I tie the ropes to the eyelets that stick above the ice, cover it with a traffic cone, and thread the rope out of the top of the cones, so I don't have to dig in the snow. The only thing I leave in the spring are the metal anchors, that sink to the bottom of the lake when the ice melts. They are about $6 each.

Ive thought about drilling the holes in the ice, and tossing a 2' chunk of 2x6 wood in, acting as a toggle-bolt, with a rope tied through a hole drilled in it, but I was worried about the ice freezing around the rope, and possibly cutting it through abrasion.

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Re: Permanent Ice Tie-Downs?

Post by Senior »

We use a 6" piece of hardwood firewood T'd under the ice & allowed to freeze in. For rope care use a piece of plastic pipe over the rope from wood to couple feet above ice. Paint the plastic white so it doesn't attract the sun & thaw around it.
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