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How to install an anchor nest over my bow light or trolling motor
One of the challenges that many boaters face, is when they want to install and anchor nest on the bow of their boat, but they either have a bow light or even a trolling motor on the bow.
There are a few options to solve this issue that we will discuss here
If you are trying to install an anchor nest and you have a bow light, one option is to offset your anchor nest next to your light, but since this will block one side of your light, this is not really a practical option if you plan on boating in low light or dark conditions, where you will need your light active.
If you are trying to get around a trolling motor, you don't have to worry as much and can mount your anchor nest offset from it.
If you opt for this solution, you will not want to install your anchor nest parallel to your trolling motor, you will want to offset it like the hands of a clock. I would recommend installing it at either 11:00 or 1:00, on the which side of the trolling motor you are installing it on, but not more than 10:00 or 2:00.
Before you start drilling holes to mount your anchor nest, place your anchor nest on the bow of your boat and set your anchor in it to make sure you have the clearance so your anchor doesn't hit your bow or trolling motor, while stowing, deploying or retrieving your anchor. This is the reason you don't want to install your anchor nest parallel to your trolling motor. If you do, odds are your anchor will hit your trolling motor or boat bow.
Now back to another bow light option for installing your anchor nest.
You can remove your center mounted bow light and replace it with 2 separate lights, 1 green and 1 red and split the installation. This will allow you to install the anchor nest on the center of your bow and install your lights, one on each side.
The last option we will discuss is to install your anchor nest over your bow light with the use of a riser.
A riser is a bracket that allows you to keep your bow light on your boat and raises the anchor nest over the light and you still maintain visibility of your bow light and you get a clean, center of bow installation of your anchor nest.
Click on the picture below to see the riser option.