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All very good ideas, guys. I am headed to the boat today. I have a Lewmar anchor roller that is about 15" long. It pivots, too. The pivot makes it easier to haul in. I have some mechanical engineering training and I can't explain this. Can't argue with the results either. When the roller is lower, weighing is easier.
I did have an off center bowsprit, which was really a plank which held the roller, but it took up too much free deck space on the bow.
I have a hole in the deck for the rode (deck pipe) which leads to a rode locker, not an anchor locker.
I like the elbow idea, but this would have to be one heavy duty elbow. Still, it would store the anchor, upside down, no?
Can anyone tell me how to post pictures?