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Old 10-14-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
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Single anchor pulpit - Best design for anchor changing?

Find much occasion to change anchors, keely when not at the dock?

Seems some pulpit/roller designs make changing anchors more of a pain, and why?
Horiz strength of the pulpit? (see 2 photos)
More footing area on the pulpit to do your Jack/Winslet "I'm flying" impression?

One pulpit/roller design only allows the anchor to be removed by pulling it's arm out through the bottom of the pulpit. Not a job for sissies given larger, heavier, more expensive anchors that could be dropped in the deep, unless maybe you get in your dingy, and get under it. Thank god it's such a calm day, eh?

Guessing one rule here is, Do Not Ever Detach the anchor from the rode until the anchor is safely on a deck.

The second anchor roller design, tho likely less tolerant to horizontal stress, looks so much more easy and kind to someone looking to change anchors. Temporarily remove the limiting loop (smartly separate from the roller bolt), lift off the anchor, all from above, and yet many of the modern expensive trawlers (which use larger anchors) are using the less user friendly pulpit rollers.

My guess is, as many of you note, you rarely find a need to change anchors.
But then.., what if the issue surfaces when that first anchor is lost and the backup most of you carry needs to be installed?
As most things on a boat, quicker and easier is also often safer.
So..?

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Old 10-14-2017, 01:36 PM   #2
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I don't find myself routinely changing anchors. If you do, maybe you have the wrong anchor?? Here's how I would approach the issue...


1. Lower the anchor 10 feet or so...enough to lift the anchor and chain onto the bow.

2. Change anchor on bow, securing anchor to chain.

3. Manually lower chain and anchor over the bow

4. Raise anchor onto roller using windlass.

This method could be used with either style of roller without disassembling anything but the anchor connection.
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"But then.., what if the issue surfaces when that first anchor is lost and the backup most of you carry needs to be installed? "

If your anchor is lost, it is no longer in the way so deploying the emergency spare won't be a problem. I agree with FlyWright....if you need to frequently change anchors, get a new one---a SARCA would be best, it will cope with a wide range of bottom conditions.(How do I find that 'ducking for cover' emoji??)
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If not at a dock, then don't change it. Unless for some reason, it's not at the end of your rode anymore. Then it's easy.
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