Some boats can anchor from the stern quite nicely. See Don Jordan's article on this, located HERE
You could also run the rode up to the bow, out around the lifelines and back to the cockpit, if you know you're going to be anchoring soon. Then you could deploy the anchor from the stern and not have to worry about walking it forward so to speak. Just feed the rode forward as you lower the anchor from the cockpit, and then drop the boat back and away from the anchor as you let the rode go... should work pretty well for most boats. The only problem I see with doing this is making sure you have a fair lead to the bow for the anchor rode. Of course, you would probably only do this if you have a combination chain/rope rode, since an all chain rode would chew the deck up pretty good.
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