Originally Posted by Faster
One advantage of having the roller right at the stem, though, is the reduced risk of the anchor swinging into the topsides when it pops out of the water and dinging the gel coat - esp on boats like the Sabre with decent bow overhangs... moving aft to the more vertical topsides could risk some unsightly damage, esp if it's a dark hull....
I was experimenting in my garage with a roller, anchor, and mock-up bow (a work bench table). It is a bit scarey watching a Danforth anchor swing around. It is a gelcoat destroyer.