Our Catalina 36 came with a very rusty danforth anchor. So it’s time to upgrade to a rocna 15 bought on defender.
As soon as the rocna 15 showed up, it was my surprise to realize how big it is. After a lot of research let’s upgrade the bow roller!
- 1 Hardware requirement
- 2 Remove legacy bow roller starboard bolt
- 3 Cut off the vertical part of the original anchor roller
- 4 Position the anchor roller to find the good fit
- 5 Drill holes in the deck
- 6 Epoxy the holes
- 7 Cut the backing plate to fit Catalina 36 bow
- 8 Bedding
- 9 Fastening
- 10 Install Rocna anchor
- 11 Anchoring!
- Catalina Direct bow roller:
I decided to get the bow roller from catalina direct few other options who could have been a good fit:
- lewmar bow roller
- windline brm-3 bow roller
- mantus marine bow roller
- Garhauer Marine bow roller AR-30 (look very similar at the one bought on catalina direct)
- Grinder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U24VG0W ($99)
- Sawzaw: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ODN1CP2 ($85)
- 15mm wrenches (x2)
Remove legacy bow roller starboard bolt
Not easy to remove (suprised? :)), it looks it has been there for a very long time. Used 2 x 15mm wrenches to get through it.
Cut off the vertical part of the original anchor roller
- carbide tipped sawzaw blades (x2):
- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQWFQBV ($24 for 2 of them, I needed both)
- I have been using the 6″, but I have the feeling, it would have been better with a 4″ blade, maybe it would have saved me one blade.
- grinding wheel
- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RH8I ($7)
- use to make prettier the rough work generated by the reciprocating saw
Position the anchor roller to find the good fit
Drill holes in the deck
Epoxy the holes
Cut the backing plate to fit Catalina 36 bow
I had to order longer bolts to match my setup.
Install Rocna anchor
close with some monel wire.
I didn’t get a chance yet to anchor since it was installed.