How to Secure a Swim Raft


Swim rafts are floating platforms used for swimming and water-sports. The raft, when completed, needs to be anchored to prevent drift. Most swim rafts have pre-installed plugs where the anchor lines are threaded. It is important to use the plugs only for anchoring and not towing because this damages the materials in the raft. Use marine rope and set up the raft to be a floating platform of swimming fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Marine rope
  • Anchor
  • Raft anchor plugs
  • Tie one large double-square knot into the end of a 15 foot length of marine rope. Thread the non knotted end through the hole of one of the raft anchor plugs.

  • Thread the non-knotted end of the rope through the anchor hole on one side of the raft and pull it down until the plug rests in the hole.

  • Push the rope through the opposite side anchor hole and through the other plug, from the bottom. Tie a double-square knot into the end of the rope, and then pull the rope down so the plug is snug in the hole.

  • Tie the anchor line into the center of the plug line. Use a bowline knot to secure the anchor rope to the plug line.

  • Attach the anchor to the anchor line. Drop the anchor so the plug line forms a "V" with the anchor line at the apex of the "V" thus securing the raft for swimming use.

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