dual bow rollers
Ok, well, we'll have to agree to disagree FF, but I have had both CQR and Danforths fail me. I used a Danforth on my yacht, and found they could skid along the surface if it was a bit hard or weedy, or pick up stuff like cans on the fluke points. That latter issue happened several times in popular anchorages. However, I agree the design is basically sound for softish, non-weedy bottoms, but my main objection to them is their rather unwieldy shape for bowsprit roller deployment, especially once the weight gets up on a larger boat. Ok if you have an anchor hawse of course - like big ships - similar design.
As to CQR/plows...lots of people still use them...I'll stop there...
Rob, that bowsprit assembly you knocked up looks really businesslike and excellent.* I bet it works well.
Jan, I see what you mean about the sprit not being wide enough to move the winch.* Mine is wide enough the winch could be rotated around the chain drop hole, to angle it slightly towards optimum alignment.* Maybe you need to replace yours with something like Rob's, or with a wider thicker piece of timber.* Mine is almost a foot wide and is 2 & 1/2 inches thick, backing onto a Samson Post similar to yours.
-- Edited by Peter B on Tuesday 14th of February 2012 06:32:59 AM