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First, if you could post photos of your bow and how the mooring pendant leads off it, that would really help. My boat is a bit different and the anchor is on a bow roller that is off to starboard a bit and I lead the mooring pendant off the port bow chocks, so I don't have this issue.
You may have to remove the anchor and stow it while you're on the mooring, as this is fairly common for a lot of boats.
As for the mooring ball hitting your boat, he's probably right, because the mooring ball by itself doesn't have enough resistance to drag the chain very far when compared to the windage a boat has. I doubt you'll wrap your pendant around it if you're hitting it amidships.
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