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Scott...correct. Most people simply use one of their two bow cleats. Others use a big cleat in the middle of the deck (with substantial backing plate) or a samson post.
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Yes, you need either a cleat, or a sampson post to make the anchor line fast. Also, remember, you need a fair lead from the cleat to where the anchor goes over the side of the boat, as well as anti-chafing for where it touches. If you follow the dockline in the picture, that is how I anchor with my setup.
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Can't i just add a cleat to the center of the bow and allow the anchor line to go from the cleat - thru the bow roller - to the anchor?
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That would depend on how sturdy your roller is and how well fastened to the boat. Also, the outer end of the roller is basically a sharp edge, just waiting to eat into whatever rubs against it. That's why I run mine through the fairlead at the bow. The line needs to run fair from the cleat to the roller as well, or you have another point of chafe. I think it depends a lot on how much anchoring you intend to do, now, and in the future. If you see yourself spending a lot of time on the hook, then I feel it's worth the time, effort and expense to put together the best anchoring system you can. As always though, that is just my take on it. Opinions may (and no doubt will) vary.

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The anchor snubber shouldn't go through the bow roller when you're on all chain...which is going to be pretty rare, given that you only have 30' of it. If the bow roller is properly designed and securely fastened, I don't see a problem with leading the rope anchor rode through it. You will need some decent anti-chafe material for the anchor rode, even going over a bow roller.

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