Drift socks are used by boaters to increase the resistance to a watercraft and, in effect, slow the craft down. These are commonly used by fisherman who need to keep their boats in one area while they fish, or by leisurely boat enthusiasts who like to take in the scenery at a slower pace than the current is moving. While drift socks can be store-bought at sporting goods stores or marine supply shops, you can make one inexpensively with a bucket.
Flip a 5-gallon bucket upside down on a steady even surface.
Drill into the bottom of the bucket with a 1/2 inch drill bit fitted on a power drill. Drill about five holes, evenly spaced directly into the bottom. These holes will not affect the drift, but will make it easier for you to empty the bucket rather than pulling five gallons over the bow of your boat when you are taking it out of the water.
Tie the end of a 10-foot nylon rope to the handle of the bucket.
Tie the other end of the bucket to the bow of your boat.
Throw the bucket into the water when you want to slow the drift of the boat. The bucket will provide resistance against the current.
Items you will need
- 5-gallon bucket
- Power drill
- 1/2 inch wide drill bit
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