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Sorry, Dhornsey, I'd forgotten that you have a Mariah.
I wouldn't call that an inordinate amount of anchor weight on the rollers (we have a 35 lb and 25 lb anchor on ours.) And if you aren't carrying all chain rodes, then anchor and chain weight wouldn't be contributing much to the bow-down trim. And two average adults in the cockpit probably won't correct it either.
Interesting about the ballast change between the Mark 1 and 2 Mariah. Good to know. Do you know whether your boat was factory finished or built out by an owner from a hull/deck kit?
Sometime in the past year or so, there was an interesting article in Good Old Boat magazine by Jerry Montgomery, in which he described ballast modifications that he had to make on one of his Montgomery pocket cruisers. He worked with the designer, Lyle Hess, to correct the problem, but the gist was that very small amounts of ballast can make a big difference in trim and righting moment.
The advice above about loading the boat first, with heavier gear further aft, is good. If you decide to add ballast, add it gradually. Another variable is tankage -- maybe you could use-up your forward water tank first, or if you only have one consider adding a second water tank somewhere aft so that you get something useful for the extra weight being hauled around?
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