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My boat has a bent anchor roller. It came to us that way and wasn’t noticed until the first time deploying the anchor when we discovered the forward roller is seized. The bent portion is the self-launching piece that swivels up from the base plate. The way it is racked has captured the forward roller and is holding it so it won’t rotate. If I could get the roller out, I’d shave 1/16” off each end of it and probably be back in business, but unfortunately someone welded both ends of the forward roller pin to the side plates (not the original factory setup). Beneteau can replace the whole assembly for $600 but I’m sure a stainless fabricator could repair it for far less. I’d appreciate recommendations for a fabricator. I’m willing to ship the piece or have it repaired locally so long as it could be turned around quickly.

 

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How easy is it to hand the part to somebody ?

While i could remove the pin fast , if it unbends with any easy at all it would likely bend again very easy as it looks quite thin
 

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The stainless pin at the center of my photo with the cotter pins can slide out of the base plate and the whole stainless swivel easily removed. Maybe the best thing is to have it replicated in a heavier gauge stainless than to bother unbending it. I now have a larger anchor on than came from the factory and it would be nice to modify the roller so the new anchor fit a little better.
 

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does the peice not work?

if it works and is only bent visually per se dont bother "fixing" it

stainless can be very brittle, especially at welds and corners...unbeding it will weaken it and also really spead up any crevice corrosion if already present.

my vote is either have it replicated or live with it...

I re read your post, take it to a machine shop and have the pin drilled out...then oversize pin after polishing up and replace roller

dont go crazy bending the peice and especially do not use heat to unbend it

I also like your idea of replicating in heavier gauge/thickness

Ill be doing the same to a flip style roller base that bent, original was cast bronze but Ill use 3/8ths stainless instead...
 

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I see I new more robust roller in your future

But check Kato marine in Annapolis first for a professional opinion. They custom make and weld davits, radar poles
 

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Right on Multi. If you can take it to a welder maybe a 5/8 rod on the top edges to prevent having to keep the crescent on board.
 

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Geez... get a long Crescent wrench and a pry bar and straighten that yourself. We ain't talkin' rocket science here.

And you can send me that money you were gonna spend at the fabrication house...
Exactly what we did with the one on my boat. It is very very hard to bend back to but my son wouldn't give up until the roller would spin freely! It does need to be removed from the boat for this "man vs stainless" exercise
 

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all fine and dandy...however it will be weakened just remember that...stainless is brittle.

ill leave it at that

it will work fine but the po´s roller already bent it somehow

next time it will bend twice or 3 times as easily and possibly be beyond repair

this is one of those cases(like bending back a handlebar on a motorcyle) where you know youre on borrowed time...

and most importantly DO NOT USE HEAT
 

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That one should be easy to bend back. I have done several. they do bend easily, 300 series stainless is actually a soft steel, it can not be heat treated, it does work harden when bent and if worked enough it will become brittle and break but you would have to bend it back a forth a hundred times before it would break. I have straightened a couple of these brackets by cutting a two by four down to fit inside the plates, clamp with a big C clamp and twisting them straight on the boat. your looks like a candidate to try this on.
 

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Scrap it and start over with something that is strong enough in the first place. I made mine out of half inch plate. Stainless of course. Also, use a bolt to put the roller through so you can take it out easily.

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Sounds like a great idea but any idea where I can have something like that fabricated at reasonable cost?
 

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any machine shops around? doesnt have to be a marine place...

most good places can work with basic diagram or drawing with measurements

thats how I do it down here
 

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Anyone with welding skills and a drill press can build it. Taking it to a machine shop is likely to be more expensive than it needs to be. If you are able to do the prep work before taking it to a welder, you will save a bunch of money. Same is true if you can do that after welding cleanup.

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