Bow Roller of Surprise

There are many stock bow rollers that will fit. Generally I think it is usually a mistake to mount oversize gear on any bow partly because you don't really need oversize; but mostley because catilevering the roller assembly way out from the bow plate creates bad leverage on the bow plate you have bolted the thing to when the boat is pitching at anchor. I chose an obsolete Ronstan fitting because it was the smallest that would hold my 25lb CQR. It projects only a few inches, and has enough plate on the back end for me to drive five bolts into my bow plate, which I drilled and tapped. This shot shows the roller I installed. It is made fast with five 1/4" studs I tapped into the bow casting.

Wharf vultures at my club came by while I was mounting it shaking their heads forecasting that I would wish I had mounted a bigger and longer one... I have to wonder why. The one we have is massivly strong, doesn't spoil the look of the boat and does the job well.

The anchor looks precarious but in fact it is rigidly secure, and held with one line holding the crown of the anchor with a snap hook, an single hitch around the anchor roller and the anchor's shank, then making fast the forward part of the jackline.

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