Just sounds like you maybe missing some horsepower Harry. Once the connection hits the roller you don't have much, almost no, lever to use to get the heavy fluke end to raise hence getting the shank horizontal to come aboard easy. It's pretty much a horsepower exercise to get that fluke end up before you can pull aboard.
I don't see any anchor
, assuming the same weight, will be much easier. An alloy one will due to weight, a Raya/Spade/Sword probably would as they have a crescent shaped shanks rather than the usual straight.
Have you tried, assuming the rode
doesn't get tangled in a furler
or something, standing up hence pulling more upwards to get the anchor
over. Just thinking that you'd be trying to pull it over a 35-45 degree corner rather than a 90 degree. Sorry if you've been this way already just trying to think of options here.
One other option, again assuming you have room, is to add an other roller, say 6" further out but a bit lower than the existing. Again a way to remove the 90 degree corner and make it more 45 degrees.
. The real lazy mans friend
Couldn't post a photo
of you bow could you, preferably a side on shot? I do like a challenge and think I've just found one to skive off for a little at work tomorrow.
Interesting prices on the racer
Harry. Here the Fortress
is about the most expensive anchor around. The old freight costs I suppose.
Danforth pattern anchors do prefer soft over hard bottom types. Steel
ones will set in harder bottoms than alloy versions due to the extra weight. Once in both hold the same, assuming the same fluke area.
The big bonus the Fortress has over the Guardian is the Mud setting. You can open the fluke angle up on the Fortress to 45 degrees and in a soft bottom that is all good. Interesting side note - The Raya also have the ability to have varying fluke attack angles so pretty much has a hard and a soft bottom setting. A feature I do like a lot.