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Old 05-09-2011, 20:55   #1
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Making New Stem Piece - Is a Double Bow Roller Needed ?

Hello the good people of cruiser forum. We are getting really close to getting Tara back in the water and one of my last projects is to make a new stem piece because of the old one being too small for the size bow rollers I have purchased. Anywho..... I have two main anchors ( Manson 25 and a delta 22 back up) that I thought I would hang on the front rollers at all times but the more I read and think about it the delta seems like it rightful place is in a locker because of the supreme being, well so superb. Sooo back to my stem piece, fitting these two bow rollers would substantially increase the size of the piece. I was thinking of just having one and keeping the other roller as a spare. Any one want to comment on real life experiences where the two rollers make it worth it, or maybe having a smaller secondary like the stock one? Any help is alway greatly appreciated.
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I find I use both rollers on Boracay's bow. The starboard one holds my Supreme while the port one has the mooring rope.

If you never moor or you have some other way of taking a mooring rope then you may not need the second roller. Very useful though.
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Re: Making new stem piece, is a double bow roller needed?

I'm thinking that at 28ft you boat may be a bit small to justify the twin anchors being always on the bow.
Having said that, I'm a fan of a single larger main anchor that is suited for the type of anchoring conditions that I find in my very limited stomping grounds.
My spares stay stowed.
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Re: Making new stem piece, is a double bow roller needed?

I think that's a nice idea, having new one (stem piece) is much better and it can support the boat from its tough surface.
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Re: Making new stem piece, is a double bow roller needed?

If the anchors rest on the bow then one roller may be OK. But if you have any sort of platform/bowsprit that is supported from below then twin bow rollers are verynicetohave.

Our boat has a short 2 ft bowsprit that is supported to the waterline below - we have one bow roller, and I often wish we had two - one each side.

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