Have you ever tried anchoring from the stern?
Is there a reason you have to drop the anchor and chain from the bow? How about dropping the anchor and chain from the stern and then playing out the rode and cleating it off at the bow.
Doh! I have been wondering the same thing as BritAbroad. It never occured to me to just drop the anchor from the stern (ours is stored in a lazerette) and walk the rode forward. Likewise, when hauling anchor, reverse the process. (Tho the bow's a bit handier for dunking the mud, silt, clay, weeds, etc. off.)
Just gotta be real carefull
handing the rode to yourself going around the shrouds. Would be a real shame to watch your rode follow the anchor