I found 2 ski poles at a garage sale, and instead of seeing ski poles I saw stake out pins. For less than 2 dollars the ski poles became mine. Living in Florida, there's not a big demand for ski poles. But for holding a small boat still in shallow water they'd make great anchors with a little applied redneck tech. After about thirty minutes of messing around here are the results: To see the complete process: http://picasaweb.google.com/bdefalco/SkiPoleAnchor Do they work? Oh yeah, quite well.