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02-22-2012 12:31 PM
swokrams 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?

Steve

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02-19-2012 10:47 PM
Capt Len Too strong never broke. My thinking was that if the anchor roller is outboard you can sit on the foredeck with back to the mast and haul away. when it's home , belay. Both ways work,it's about the technique.
02-19-2012 01:06 PM
Brent Swain
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Originally Posted by Capt Len View Post
Consider a bow roller on the end of a folding 'bow sprit' . Think elbow joint. Folds up and back beside forestay fiting. Maybe angled to miss furler drum.Strong, big pin,easy.Or roller on a two position square ss tube.Pull pin and slide inboard.replace pin. Eye on the end for the drifter.
Such a folding sprit tends to fold downwards or sideways when trying to recover your anchor on a wind and swell,when it is jammed under a rock.Too flimsy. Better solution is a 1/8th inch thick stainless nose cone under the roller, to take the bashing from a swinging anchor. Then you can make your bow roller short, and as strong as any rode you are likely to use
02-19-2012 01:56 AM
Capt Len Consider a bow roller on the end of a folding 'bow sprit' . Think elbow joint. Folds up and back beside forestay fiting. Maybe angled to miss furler drum.Strong, big pin,easy.Or roller on a two position square ss tube.Pull pin and slide inboard.replace pin. Eye on the end for the drifter.
02-19-2012 01:32 AM
swokrams
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
One advantage of having the roller right at the stem, though, is the reduced risk of the anchor swinging into the topsides when it pops out of the water and dinging the gel coat - esp on boats like the Sabre with decent bow overhangs... moving aft to the more vertical topsides could risk some unsightly damage, esp if it's a dark hull....
I was experimenting in my garage with a roller, anchor, and mock-up bow (a work bench table). It is a bit scarey watching a Danforth anchor swing around. It is a gelcoat destroyer.
-Steve
02-19-2012 01:24 AM
swokrams
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Originally Posted by knotted View Post
or worse, chain eating into the stem until it sinks the boat!

The solution to this is to install a bow eye about 6 inches above the waterline, with a snubber (1 size smaller than your rode) permanently attached to the eye and brought to a forward deck cleat. Dave Gerr designed this for Imagine (I know, a motor cruiser, but it's still a very good idea!)
Whoa. Great idea! And this from a stink-pot owner? So simple and elegant too. This solution could keep me well away from the danger areas of the bow.

Much food for though here. Thanks. I will chew on this a while.

-Steve
02-19-2012 01:15 AM
swokrams
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Originally Posted by souljour2000 View Post
This is a subject that seems to lend itself to a myriad of opinion almost as much as the subject of which anchor(s) is best type...anyways..I'm listening as dealing with anchors is one of the most important and yet potentially frustrating segments of a sailboat trip as one deals with anchors getting underway when one is impatient to begin the journey and then again...at the end of the day when one is impatient to end the journey due to possibly being tired...having the best possible set-up and regimen for implementing that regimen is a big part of having a good day on the water or not...so as I said ..I'm listening and hoping to hear from those more experienced than I ...
Yup. Anchors weigh a lot, are extremely awkward to handle, and are located far from the security of the cockpit. My next boat will have a windlass.
-Steve
02-19-2012 01:12 AM
swokrams
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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
One thing to consider if you mount it well back on one side - as the boat swings at anchor it might tend to saw across the stem, chafing the rode and wearing away at the hull gel coat.
This would only be 2 to 3 feet back from the bow. I think this might be OK. I was wondering about current pushing more sideways on the boat as the boat would not be pointing directly into the current.

-Steve
02-18-2012 01:06 PM
Faster To the OP, you could mount the roller further aft for access and easier retrieval of the anchor, but there's no rule that says you need to leave the rode in the roller once you're settled in... Also depending on anchor size and the deck arrangement (ie locker or no; cleats and/or chocks etc), another question is do you need/wish to store the anchor on the roller?

On smaller boats I've seen a roller mounted as you suggest, but the rode is fed over a standard bow chock or lead until you're actually hoisting or deploying the anchor, at which time you move to the roller. If the anchor is stored in a well that should work well enough. I've also seen once where someone fabricated a temporary roller that hooked over the toerail wherever was convenient, and it went into the locker when all was stowed.

One advantage of having the roller right at the stem, though, is the reduced risk of the anchor swinging into the topsides when it pops out of the water and dinging the gel coat - esp on boats like the Sabre with decent bow overhangs... moving aft to the more vertical topsides could risk some unsightly damage, esp if it's a dark hull....
02-18-2012 12:19 PM
souljour2000 That seems like a really good idea...thanks killarney...I did this with trailer sailors a few times as they always have a pad eye down low for the trailer winch...
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