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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

I "struggle" with this, too. Age will probably prevail or we buy a bigger boat with a bow roller. I have no bow roller now. I have designed one and built a cardboard mock up for fitting and to take to the fabricator to have it built. It sits on a shelf ready for the day I throw in the towel. I don't want an ugly "hook" sticking out of the bow of my boat. I do have an anchor locker in the deck at the bow. Rode and chain and a Danforth fit. When we use a Rocna that won't fit in the bow locker we store it in a cockpit locker. To set it I run the chain outside the stanchions, shackle on the anchor and launch from the cockpit. It works fine. I can set it myself. Not very convenient but manageable. I hand over hand the chain back into the bow locker and remove the Rocna for stowing. I think it is the "hand over hand" retrieve that will make the decision on a roller and a windless.
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