Below is the process a customer used to install an Anchor Caddie on a fiberglass boat. In this case he did not have access under his bow to do a standard nut and bolt installation.
In addition to his challenge, he also had a navigation light in the way, on the center of his bow. For this, we recommended using the Anchor Caddie Riser to get above and over this, so he could then mount his Anchor Caddie on top of the Riser.
He was kind enough to share his experience with us at Anchor Caddie, so we thought we would pass that along for others that may run across the same situation.
Here is the list he shared with us on the tools and materials used to mount his Anchor Caddie on his fiberglass boat.
- 1/4 drill bit for pilot holes
- 5/16" - 1.5" galvanized lag bolts with washers
- Gorilla tape / painters tape - this was used to prevent the gel coat from chipping or cracking while drilling and worked great.
- 1/2" standard and deep socket with ratchet - I did NOT use an impact driver intentionally to avoid unnecessary stress on the fiberglass and to avoid chipping and cracking.
- Liquid Nails- Into the pilot holes for the lag bolts.
- Carpenters Square - to ensure the cradle riser was square.
Placed Gorilla tape on the bow to protect from chipping while drilling and place blue painter's tape on top to mark the holes.
Aligned the base of the Anchor Caddie Riser, square and center using the framing square.
Marked and drilled the holes f through the bow of the fiberglass boat.
Placed liquid nails in the pilot holes and installed the lag bolts with washers
Trimmed tape and completed installation and assembly of the Anchor Caddie Riser and anchor nest. You can get assembly and/or installation instructions on our support page.
Thanks go out to Craig from Sweet Home, Oregon to share his experience on how to install an Anchor Caddie on a fiberglass boat!
If you, the reader, have your own particular challenge or tips on installing your Anchor Caddie product, we would love to hear it!