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#11668167 - 06/15/16 02:24 AM homemade driftsock
Adam25white Offline
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Does anyone have an idea for a homemade driftsock or a working alternative? I have a 20' pontoon and need to slow it way down. I tried dropping a 15 pound Anker and dragging it but I would like to go a lot slower? I'm broke so any affordable alternatives would be cool!

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#11668188 - 06/15/16 05:40 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
GetSlimed Offline
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Drift socks are pretty darn cheap at Academy. Maybe try a 5 gallon bucket. hmmm
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#11668257 - 06/15/16 07:08 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
Txmedic033 Offline
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5 gallon buckets will work, but a small tarp will work better.

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#11668326 - 06/15/16 07:54 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
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YouTube drift curtain-
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#11668329 - 06/15/16 07:56 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: steveiam]
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Originally Posted By: steveiam
YouTube drift curtain-

yes thumb
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#11669137 - 06/15/16 12:31 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
SangerCrappieMan Offline
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Loc: Justin, TX
I use 5 or 10 gallon buckets on my pontoon

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#11669295 - 06/15/16 01:44 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
BADLANDER Offline
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two 36" drift socks for $31.34 Academy.
the day you are hammering them your buckets wont keep you slow enough.
Believe me Im the DIY master... somethings you want no issues with.
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#11669890 - 06/15/16 05:33 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
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Just got this one today from Academy for $14.99, I've used these before and they do a good job on my boat.

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#11670051 - 06/15/16 06:58 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
Poppa P Offline
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I use two 46" Cabela's socks and they can't do the job on my 22' tri-toon. I'm thinking of supplementing with a drag chain.
Is that a crazy idea?


Edited by Poppa P (06/15/16 06:58 PM)
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#11670057 - 06/15/16 07:05 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
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Poppa P, have you put ten or twelve ft of rope on those socks? My 24 ft toon drifted well with two 36" academy socks. Used a third one in 20 + mph wind. Can't see those 48" not working.
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#11670087 - 06/15/16 07:17 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
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If finances are so tight that $32 for a couple of socks is going to break the bank, maybe some things need to be reconsidered. What happens on your first motor breakdown?
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#11670254 - 06/15/16 08:38 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Adam25white]
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Years ago we did same with a buds fishing rig, we used an old chain, get one not too heavy and if
you snag on a big stump or rock ledge have it where you can untie the knot with loosing alot of line....

Older cheap chain is easy to find, not sure how big a boat or rig your running, a small 10 ft pc should
do fair enuff? play around with different items, key is to slip on the bottom,,,,,, if thats possiable unless
your fishing mega deep waters?



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#11670582 - 06/15/16 11:10 PM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: Bob Landry]
Adam25white Offline
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Registered: 03/24/10
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Loc: phalba tx
Its not that I cant buy one but if i can save money by making one myself it does not take a banker to figure out thats a good idea. The tarp idea seems good and I never heard of dragging a chain thats simple enough. Thanks for the ideas!

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#11670624 - 06/16/16 12:42 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
Poppa P Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 60
Loc: Texas, Nevada
Thanks, Tom. I don't understand it, but I will try it!


Edited by Poppa P (06/16/16 12:43 AM)
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#11670765 - 06/16/16 07:35 AM Re: homemade driftsock [Re: mjmetro0719]
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Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
Just got this one today from Academy for $14.99, I've used these before and they do a good job on my boat.



I think that size would work on my kayak. LOL
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