There are a couple things on the Leopard 4600 that I have to shake my head and wonder “why would the designers do that?” I’m sure that would be the case with most boats. Here is one such thing. On the forward cross bar between the hulls, just to port of the headstay, is a bow roller of sorts. It’s not the primary bow roller as the actual anchor well on a 4600 is aft of the trampoline in the center of the boat. That’s where the anchor deploys from.
The easy assumption is that it’s for a secondary anchor but if that’s really the designers’ intent, how is it supposed to work? Even if the rode was flaked out on the trampoline before letting the anchor go, how would the bitter end of the rode be secured to the boat? Also, what’s with the pin on that roller? What kind of anchor could that possibly secure? For the record, this bow roller exists on every 4600 and if I’m not mistaken, on other Leopard models as well. That said, I have never come across a single Leopard with an anchor anywhere near that roller. Anyone care to take a crack at explaining this to me?
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