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Anchoring w/ bow roller question

In the past, I've always pulled the anchor rode out and away from the bow roller when anchoring in questionable conditions, bringing the line around the foremost stanchion, through the chock, and securing to a cleat (and then a second cleat) - split hose then was used for anti-chaffing.

Our newsed boat doesn't have chocks but does have a longer bow roller than our last boat. My thought is just to use the same system but with a longer piece of split hose in case the rode and bow roller meet up.

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1) Do you just leave the rode in the bow roller when anchoring?
2) If not, what do you do?

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Re: Anchoring w/ bow roller question

I just leave the chain or rode on the bow roller. It is secured to a mooring bit. The mooring bit is situated between my electric windlass and bow roller.

On the bow of the boat I have aluminum chain guards that prevent the chain or mooring line from digging into the fiberglass.

Because I just use the roller, I no longer have to worry about chaffing, especially when I'm just anchored on chain alone. The chain is backed up with 200-feet of 1/2-inch twisted nylon rode, but it is rarely used.

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Re: Anchoring w/ bow roller question

Hey mrmac , we do it different ways , first of all we have a bow sprit w/rollers . Sometimes the rode just stays in the sprit roller and is made fast at the windlass , that's my favorite way . Sometimes I will take the rode out and through a haws pipe to a cleat . Sometimes I will make a bridle and use both haws pipes . Like you say , questionable conditions dictate different set ups . But it sounds like you have a good understanding of it all . Our bow roller set up and haws pipes .
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Re: Anchoring w/ bow roller question

With that setup you'll want to/have to leave the chain on the roller. You don't want the chain rubbing against the bobstay so a bridle is in order. You can do a chain hook with 2 rope legs (with or without snubbers) to the bow cleats, or, even better, you can have a single leg bridle fixed to a U-bolt at the waterline. This also decreases your needed scope by a few feet, which is a plus.

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