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Just to add a little to what has turned out to be on of the best threads I've read.
The line from the winch out to the Rode attached with a Rolling Hitch (or Icicle Hitch) is a "Spring Line" In olden days it was used to train your guns around when at anchor so you weren't helpless.
Most of our modern boats "Sail" at anchor based on design. Its the bow that sails back and forth, so hanging things from the stern doesn't really help. The Spring Line is the best answer as Sd said
Almost no boat is designed to take the really heavy loads of anchoring from the stern. Also there is almost no way to retrieve an anchor from the stern in a Gale.
If you or being pushed onto a lee shore, the last thing you want is to have your bow facing the shore as well, how do you use your engine to help with anchor loads or drop the anchor and rode and motor/sail to safety?
Anchor off bow, use spring line, be prepared for heavy weather.
Now how do you do this in a crowded anchorage, where everyones swinging circles overlap, when the wind picks up to 40 kts and switches 180 degrees?!?
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Captain Don Quackenbush
SV HERMES, Pearson 33
East Coast, Great Lakes