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anchor cuts mooring lines

When my spade anchor is mounted on my bow roller the sharp edges of the fluke chaffe (actually cut) through my mooring line. I am forced to remove the anchor when at my mooring. This is a PITA. The anchor is heavy and I have not found a good place to stow it below. The only options I can imagine are:
1. Some kind of chaffe protector.
2. Remounting the anchor on the bow roller so it doesn't touch the mooring lines.
3. Store the anchor below.

I haven't figured out any easy way to do any of these options...
How have others dealt with this problem?
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How do you have the line rigged? Are you using a bridle or is it a single line off the bow?
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3. Store the anchor below.
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Yep, your right.
I have seen boats break off the mooring and suffer major damage from this.
Best to remove the anchor from the roller when on your mooring.
This is what we do anytime we are on a transient mooring ball.
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Do you have some bow chocks through which you could lead your pennant? Or is that what you're doing and there's just not enough separation?

If you're bringing the mooring pennant over the anchor roller, try the chocks instead (if they're off-set enough.)
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Add a mooring bail below the anchor, on the bow?

Common on dingies and cats (between hulls).
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zz is right, store it below. In a storm the bow moves wildly and the mooring line will catch and chafe on anything in range, even the bow roller. Nothing should project forward of the chock location that could touch the mooring line.
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I don't like the risk of chafe on my occassional mooring line so I invert my plow with a short line tied from the cross-bar at the back of the fluke to the top of my bow pulpit rail. It's a simple solution and it allows me to ride on the single teather on my briefly used rental moorings. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Isn't the Spade a two-part anchor, with a removable stock that bolts to the fluke? If that's the case you should be able to store it in the rode locker.

(I chose a Raya Tempest for just that reason.)
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What about a sock for the anchor flukes? Something made out of heavy canvas maybe? Like a condom for the anchor, put it on for safety.
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