Bow roller replacement








Old bow rollers

 Our anchor windlass was a Seawolf Simpson Lawrence and was old. It has not been made for at least ten years. We did get it working and decide to go anchor out in a couple weeks. About a week before I tested it and could not get it to work. Our boat came with a 45lb CQR anchor and 3\8 chain. The previous owner (PO) said he never broke loose with the anchor. He did a fair amount of anchoring at the channel islands. We also have a stern windlass the PO installed. Nice setup.

 The old setup was the CQR rested against the furler bracket. There also was a block on the lower part of the bow roller that was out off the bow. You would tie a line to the anchor and put it through the block and then pull the anchor out to launch it. Same to retrieve it. It worked but it was not good for our long range plans.

So I decide that the anchoring is too important in our future as we will be anchoring out a lot when we get to the Sea of Cortez. Also I love anchoring out and in San Diego bay it is fine also. It to me is like sitting at you house on the front porch just chilling.

So I research a lot of windlasses and bow rollers. Oh did I forget to mention we need to modernize or bow rollers. A fellow Freeport owner Tom Brown had just done the ame project. So I more than less copied what he did. I liked the windlass he chose and the bow roller setup. On mine I wanted to be able to store both anchors on the bow rollers if need be and be able to launch and retrieve them without a problem. It had to easy enough so my wife could do it at night if need be from the helm.



Old Bow rollers:

I bought on Toms suggestion a Plow anchor roller from Windline that was supposed to hold up to a 45lb CQR. Had to have it modified so the pin would fit.
I also decide I wanted a self launching claw type anchor roller for the Bruce anchor. It is really a Lewmar claw anchor. This roller I got from Kingston. It is a Bruce-25 anchor roller and has three wheels and is designed specifically to self-launch Bruce or Claw anchors up to 44 lbs.

I was first told to contact benchmark Marine for a good price on the bow rollers fabrication. When I went there he said he was going out of business. Since then he decided not to go out of business. He told me to contact Thomas marine. I did and they were great. Not to say they are not expensive but to me this project is worth any money as it is well spent. They did a fine job. You can see atwo of the guys from Thomas Marine in the photos sizing up the bow for the fabrication. They were at the boat a couple times. First time they told me to remove the bow pulpit. Then they cam back again for more sizing. Then they bid on the job.





You can see our bow pulpit sitting on deck

Thomas marine shortened the Bruce roller and curved the ends, they also added some loops I asked for on both rollers for tying down the anchors. On the CQR roller they added a piece of SS plate that connected to the Bruce roller.


Thomas marine shortened the Bruce roller and curved the ends, they also added some loops I asked for on both rollers for tying down the anchors. On the CQR roller they added a piece of SS plate that connected to the Bruce roller. They also had to add some mounting holes and cut part of the bow pulpit stanchion away. The braced the CQR roller underneath. They also mad a completely ne bow chain plate.



We installed the whole system ourselves, then put back the bow pulpit and jib.
It was a lot of work. Everything can be gotten to though through the access ports and the chain locker.





It has all worked out great but we have not yet used the system to anchor.

Installed 3 speed fan in head

We have added a fan in the head and have removed the old light that was by the door as you come in. The reason we got started on this is because the previous owner (PO) stored the spinnaker pole in the boat. To do this he cut holes in the head bulkhead and the settee bulkhead. So we used a piece of starboard to cover the hole in the head and put a fan there. By doing this it covered the hole on the head side. It is three speed and you press the center for control. Works great and will be nice in the tropics. We will be adding a few more in the boat.
In the photo the white starboard looks whiter than the rest of the bulkhead but in reality it is much closer to being the same color white. Also we have since wired it up and you do not see the wires.
The fan is completely adjustable, from three speeds to up down and around. In fact it will turn all the way around and push air into the bed are if need be.


The top round white spot is where the spinnaker pole went through. We covered the head side with a piece of white starboard and mounted the fan on it.

Sconce LED lights in head

 We have added two sconce Led lights in the head and have removed the old light that was by the door as you come in. The reason we got started on this is because the previous owner (PO) stored the spinnaker pole in the boat. To do this he cut holes in the head bulkhead and the settee bulkhead. So we used a piece of starboard to cover the hole in the head and put a fan there. The we added these two lights. They are real nice looking and make the head look even bigger. These are LED lights and have two bulbs each.



The top round white spot is where the spinnaker pole went through. We covered the head side with a piece of white starboard.




Behind head door.