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