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Re: Not your typical anchor question
We had a similar set-up to the OP's on one of our previous boats. I kept the Danforth on the bow rail mount as a lunch hook and stowed a 33lbs Lewmar claw in the cockpit lazarette. The chain and rode were in the below-deck chain locker at the bow, with the only access from the deck being a chain pipe.
We used the Danforth for picnics, swimming etc., but I lugged the heavy claw up to the bow whenever we anchored for the night. That boat didn't have a bow/anchor roller and no easy way to install one because of the stem-head fitting and toe rails. It worked the way we used it, but it wasn't ideal and I cursed that big anchor every time I had to and from the cockpit.
Excellent anchor storage and a proper roller were mandatory requirements for the next boat.
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