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Consider a bow roller on the end of a folding 'bow sprit' . Think elbow joint. Folds up and back beside forestay fiting. Maybe angled to miss furler drum.Strong, big pin,easy.Or roller on a two position square ss tube.Pull pin and slide inboard.replace pin. Eye on the end for the drifter.
Such a folding sprit tends to fold downwards or sideways when trying to recover your anchor on a wind and swell,when it is jammed under a rock.Too flimsy. Better solution is a 1/8th inch thick stainless nose cone under the roller, to take the bashing from a swinging anchor. Then you can make your bow roller short, and as strong as any rode you are likely to use
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"