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Old 06-06-2010
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Anchor woes

Hello,

Our new-to-us Pearson 34 came with a very nice 35 lb CQR. The bow roller they installed seems comically small for the anchor and it really wants to just fall off the boat. The previous owner rigged a thin preventer line to hold it back and keep it sitting in the roller.

Here is a picture I took on survey day last year: Picasa Web Albums - Bob

The other problem is that we keep the boat on a mooring and the mooring lines chafe on the anchor if we install it.

So, at this point we don't feel safe keeping the anchor installed. It sits in the lazarette we figure we'll pull it out and rig it if we're anchoring somewhere. This however leaves us with no quick way to deploy an anchor in an emergency.

I see a couple options:
1. put a proper sized roller on the boat and keep this cqr rigged.
2. get a smaller anchor (maybe a fluke) mounted on this roller to deploy in emergencies and swap in the big cqr for any over-nighters.
3. same as 2 but just keep the fluke handy in the lazarette and don't put anything on the roller normally.
4. something brilliant I haven't thought of

We appreciate any opinions on what we should do. Thanks

Bob and Linda
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