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Easy done. It's ugly and poorly designed, but something like this will work fine, with the only mod being the base of the front pulpit legs:



You can also get a custom twin-roller setup made with a center spine to take the forestay - which is what we did - but that requires a little more planning and a lot more $$$.
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Plenty of aftermarket bow roller fittings out there.. but they can be difficult to mount securely enough given the tight confines and often poor access to that part of the bow.

Some people mount them a foot or so back along the gunwale for easier fastening, and simply raise the anchor from there. I that case they would likely not use the roller as a fairlead while anchored, but use the standard deck chock - and transfer to the roller for deployment and retrieval.
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It's difficult to pull the anchor and chain on board cleanly without a roller, to be sure. On a boat with traditional bow overhangs a forward mounted roller works well, but is not absolutely fullproof.

This issue is much more of a problem on today's plumb-bowed designs!
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At reasonable cost?? Either way, sounds like a solution. I think I'd heard that before but not certain.

Good to know!
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I have the original offset bow roller. It works perfectly with our 20 kg Rocna. I couldnt see because your picture is quite small, but our Harken furler is raised 4 inches so there is clearence. We also have a manual Tigress Lofrans windlass which also works great.

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