Windlass and CQR anchor installation on M32 "Promise"
The small Danforth anchor that Promise had when I bought her was inadequate for any real cruising. There was no bow roller and or windlass and the Danforth was just tied onto the bow pulpit.
I had always liked the CQR anchor and about 80% of cruising boats have them so that was easy. The 35 lb CQR seemed to be right. I would use the existing rode (220 ‘ 5/8 line with 50 ‘ of 5/16 chain).
I studied the bow arrangement of Promise for a long time trying to figure out how in the heck I could get that anchor to fit with the bowsprit, platform, bob stay, whisker stays, etc. I looked at a lot of other boats with CQRs and bowsprits. Promise has an M31 ‘spoon’ type bow. I’m not sure if the M32 clipper bow has the same type of platform dimensions.
I wanted to install a bow roller to cradle the anchor when it was up and provide a strong pivot point for the rode when it was out. I studied all of Windline’s bow rollers and tried to figure out which one would work. It basically came down to one model (CR1) that was narrow enough to fit between the sprit and the bow pulpit tube. I wanted the roller frame to reach back to the toe rail if possible. I also didn’t want it too far forward (less stress on the sprit). It seemed that the rear row of (long) platform slots might be enlarged to let the anchor come through. Installing a piece of stainless angle under the platform to bolt the roller too would make for a sturdy mount and also stiffen up the bow platform which was a bit wobbly.
The other problem was what kind of windlass to use and where and how to mount it. The chain gypsy would have to line up with the chain coming form the anchor. I wanted a manual windlass (less things to go wrong) and it would have to sit on top of the sprit in a fairly tight space. The two candidates were the Simpson Lawrence HiSpeed and the LoFrans Royal. I decided on the Royal based on value. I was able to get the Royal from www.seacraft.com in Seattle for $516 (with no tax or shipping). They also gave great service. I ordered the windlass with the Hitest chain gypsy in case I wanted to convert to all chain rode sometime in the future. This necessitated replacing the proof coil chain I had already with 50 feet of 5/16 Hitest.
I combed the Internet looking for a used 35# CQR and found one that a guy in Florida was selling because he was getting a bigger anchor. I was able to get it for $100 plus $50 shipping. It had just been re-galvanized as well!
I had just ordered the CR1 bow roller from West ($140) when I happened to stop in at a local used boat gear store and found one that had been bent in a collision. I got it for $15, straightened it out and got a new roller from Windline for free! (cancelled West order)
Now I was all set to put it together.
Bow Roller and Anchor installation
Here the steps I followed with accompanying pictures (taken after the fact):
I’m not sure how much the extra holes in the bowsprit (two horizontal and two vertical) might weaken it, but it seems to me that if the rigging stays together that the loads on the sprit are mostly compression. There could be a twisting load on the sprit from the roller if the boat was in a very windy rolling anchorage (pitching up and down) but I think the extra bolts would help in this case. All in all, I think this is a pretty sturdy installation.
I have tied using the rope side of the windlass and it seems to work OK (just slow) but if you needed the extra leverage it would be there. The line has to come at an angle from the roller.
I hope this may help anyone that is interested in installing a plow type anchor….