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Old 17-08-2014, 04:25   #1
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Bowroller alternative brainstorm

Hi there,

As the rest of the refitting/renovation works are drawing to an end, I'm starting to focus my attention to my anchoring setup. The existing arrangement was a measly danforth with 5m of worthless chain and 30m of old rope. I've since upgraded to a 25kg rocna and 50m of chain. I've figured out a way to secure the chain tot he samsonpost, and got my snubber setup straight.

Since I don't have a bowroller or chainlocker, I'm left with one big issue though... How to lead the chain over the edge of the bow without causing too much damage to the bow itself. I have some leftover pieces of 1,5inch SS tube that I could bend/cut open to guide the chain, but I'm not sure that would be any help at all...

I'm really stuck with this, and was hoping you guys could chime in with your arrangements/ideas, so I can work something out. Wouldn't want to scratch that fresh paint!
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Old 17-08-2014, 05:44   #2
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Re: Bowroller alternative brainstorm

You can use a wooden block with a grove for the gunwale. It will need a grove for the chain too as otherwise the chain might slide out all the way to a stanchion.

Alas, your boat being steel you can just weld on a bow roller.

Not sure what you want to do with 50 meters of chain (I assume 10mm chain if to guess from your anchor choice). This is plenty of weight to carry around. Smaller amounts can be managed in a bag, (but not 50 meters I think).

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Old 17-08-2014, 07:47   #3
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Re: Bowroller alternative brainstorm

Add a proper bow roller. And you'll need to add some rope rode to your chain. 50 meters isn't enough.
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Re: Bowroller alternative brainstorm

Man, we have a 25kg Rocna on our 34' and thought we were over-sized. Good for you!
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We use that same anchor and I can tell, you are short on space at the stem. The shank is going to trash your furler not to mention where the the rest of the anchor is going to end up. Kind of looks like you need to build some sort of heavy duty guide/roller setup. Maybe a platform like an IP? That anchor is awfully large to haul up over the lifelines and store on deck.
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Re: Bowroller alternative brainstorm

Bite the bullet and break out the torches and grinders.

Chop a section of your bulwarks away and weld in cheeks to accept a roller. If your stem is not vertical, these type of anchors can usually work without any sort of bowsprit or "extended" roller.

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Re: Bowroller alternative brainstorm

On a steel boat, and if it were mine, I'd put in a pair of Hawsepipes. That way I could have a second anchor. You would have to put a nubbin around the lower edge to redirect the water, similar to this but not so aggressive.


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