Having just replaced the CQR with a new generation super anchor, the problem of how to launch/retrieve it over the existing bow roller without putting holes in the gel coat arises. (the pointy bit is lower). The anchor would store in the anchor well during passages.
The boat's stem slopes at some 35 degrees from the vertical. One way would be to have a new higher/extending bow roller built. However I am considering a cheaper option that would involve temporarily tying a "crash mat" from the toe rails, which would wrap around the stem in the area that will be struck by the anchor when launching/retrieving.
The problem is what to make the crash mat from. An early idea would be from a heavy duty door mat,(with the bristly side inwards), but I haven't seen a suitable one yet(have only tried B&Q thus far). It clearly would have to be cut to fit.
Has anyone tried this, or have any ideas in this regard? (ie temporarily protecting the stem). Suggestions welcome. Ta.