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One thing I'd be aware of. Most bow rollers are designed to resist downward forces on them, but not necessarily designed to resist upward forces as well. A removable bow sprit, with a large asymetric attached, is going to generate some fairly significant upward forces on the bow roller if the bow roller is used to fasten it to the deck. If your bow roller is not strong enough to withstand these forces, it may tear from the deck, in the worst case scenario, leaving you with: 1) a large hole in the fore deck, 2) no good way to secure your ground tackle, 3) possibly damage the forestay chainplate.
If your bow roller and forestay chainplate and part of the same piece, it may be sufficiently well secure to resist the upward forces generated by the asym.
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