We have a spade anchor on our Bavaria 36 in Greece and it has been brilliant. Much better than any anchor I have used over the years on charter boats. The locking pin on the stem fitting now no longer fits and has been removed. This is because of the curve on the shank.

Because of the anchor weight I am thinking of fitting hinging bow rollers to take some of the pressure off the winch just as the anchor comes over the front. Trouble is nobody seems to sell just the rollers to fit the original stemhead fitting although I have seen many larger Bavs with them on.

Also thinking of fitting one of those anchor straighteners which turn the anchor the right way before it comes over the front. Has anybody any experience of these?