Bow Roller on Talisman

I purchased a bow roller from Garhauer and mounted it on the bow. I am quite sure it was AR-30. It is 24" long and has a 2.5" ID. If you call them @ 909-985-9993 and ask for Mark, he will give you excellent guidance. Like all Garhauer's products is very strongly built.

It was a pretty simple job. I did not add a bow sprit as some have done.

The dimensions of the block are 10" L x 3" W x 2" H. The block is notched so that it does not interfere with the stem head fitting.

The block goes up on to the stem head fitting. It does not go all the way to the edge of the stem head fitting. Maybe an inch or a little more of the anchor roller is not supported by the block. If I did it again, I would shape the block so the whole of the bow roller was supported by the block.

It is held on by 5 bolts one of which goes through the stem head fitting

It is solidly backed up on the underside.

The block rests on the stem head fitting and on the deck. there is lots of caulking under it to keep water out. If I did it again I would notch the block so it fit flat on both the stem head fitting and the deck.

It has worked very well so far. I think the thing I need most is a stainless steel plate to protect the bow from anchor impact when it comes up.

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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