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Old 16-06-2024, 19:05   #1
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Where to buy good quality bow roller

My last bow roller lasted 15 anchoring before the chain ate it up. Cut completely through it. Probably fine for a trailer roller. Anyway the original bow rollers lasted me years. Need help in sourcing several good quality bow rollers.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

What I have now and before is a hard rubber 7 inch long by 2.5 inch diameter with a 5/8 hole. I can always cut to length. The roller had no taper or grove.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

7" long by 2-1/2" Dia.?
That sounds like a kitchen rolling pin.
The bigger Dia. the better.
Windline Marine made a 6" Dia. roller, they don't show it now, but you might give them a call.
Their rollers are of Marathane, far better than rubber.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

Big boats need big rollers. Largest diameter you can accommodate and tough material. I made ours from black 10 inch diameter Nylatron. Its hard and self lubricating. That was ten years ago and weve been living aboard on anchor in the Caribbean for eight. If you can locate a machine shop its an easy job. With chain the groove should be flat bottom with straight vertical sides to prevent the chain from rolling over.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

Mine are bronze. Original to the boat and still in fine condition.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

We have used Don Green and have always had excellent service, price and quality. Any of our friends that have used him also agree.
https://www.facebook.com/merimarine1/

He is in Deltaville, Virginia but will ship anywhere.

The main thing you'll need to do is give him your exact dimensions and he can either help you design what you need or you can specify exactly what you want.
He'll make up a CAD drawing for you to approve and then he'll make it.
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I bought a delrin roller last time I replaced one. It's seen a decent bit of use and so far shows no signs of wear. It's basically a hard, slippery plastic.
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Re: Where to buy good quality bow roller

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We have used Don Green and have always had excellent service, price and quality. Any of our friends that have used him also agree.
https://www.facebook.com/merimarine1/

He is in Deltaville, Virginia but will ship anywhere.

The main thing you'll need to do is give him your exact dimensions and he can either help you design what you need or you can specify exactly what you want.
He'll make up a CAD drawing for you to approve and then he'll make it.
I have used Din, good work, good price.

On my last inquiry Don can only go to 6 diameter. I was looking for 7.
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McMaster-Carr has slippery nylon blanks. I used one of their blanks to make my bow roller. You would need access to a lathe.


https://www.mcmaster.com/products/mds-filled-nylon/
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