Please share your thoughts.
Here are the 'givens':
- 25lb Delta
- Lewmar roller
- Mounted on the bow
I am thinking of mounting the roller as seen in the attached pictures. I am planning to laminate a sheet of fiberglass ~3/16" thick that runs from the hawse pipe most of the length of the roller itself, then glue an oak 1x3 to that and cover it in fiberglass to laminate it to the 3/16 base. In my mind, the base is so I can spread the load over a larger area of the deck. I will add a large FG backing plate under the deck in the anchor locker. The roller will lay where there is currently a bow cleat. I would like to use at least one of those holes through the stem plate, to attach the roller and a few through bolts further aft through the deck. My plan is to match the curvature of the deck to the FG support structure and bed the whole thing using Butyl tape so that the installation is not permanent.
Also, I'm not at all happy about losing one of my bow cleats... But I can't keep hauling the anchor without a roller, so I need to do something. Any thoughts as to what I can use to properly secure a docking line to that side after the roller is installed?
I think I can use a bridle at my dock, but, we travel...
Thanks for your time and collective wisdom,
Two more pictures...