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Old 01-03-2019, 16:36   #1
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bow plate anchor protector

We bought a Cruiser Yachts 405 last year and the people before us put a lot of small nicks in the bow with the anchor. They are small but right on the top of the bow. A bow plate would cover this very easily, but not sure where to get one that we know will fit our bow? Any ideas, would like stainless steel.
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Old 01-03-2019, 18:08   #2
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Re: bow plate anchor protector

We had the same problem when we bought this boat... our first with a nearly plumb bow. Our first response was to have a stainless shield made that was a close fit to the bow profile. Cost a bunch but looked quite smart... until the dents started appearing. Seems that the edges of the anchor (Manson Supreme) were small enough to put pretty big spot loads on t he s/s, and dents kept proliferating, and it looked pretty daggy.

Replaced it with a PVC matting material, about 6 mm thick, similar in colour to the hull. Stuff was allegedly fairly UV resistant, soft enough to absorb the blows without marking, fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Quite unobtrusive, too! This is now around 10 years old. It has some minor staining and the surface is getting a few small cracks, likely UV damage, but it is still completely functional. I'm quite happy with this solution.

Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II, lying Sandy Bay, Hobart for a while.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:45   #3
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Re: bow plate anchor protector

Call Cruisers?

And there's a Cruisers owners group on line somewhere...

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