This happened to me, but it may not happen to you. Just in case, for information only. If you have ordered your boat with the anchor set from the factory, you get a head reel mounted as in the first picture on your bow. There are three reels in the mechanism, this is the first one facing the sea. The 12 kg anchor that comes with it rests on it a little sideways. The unexpected result is the 8 mm chain of the anchor sometimes finds the opportunity under rough conditions to jump to the right or left of the hull during upward operation of the chain. Then you can imagine yourself trying to place it with all the weight of the chain and the anchor to its place under not very nice circumstances. Otherwise you can ruin side of your hull. The second picture shows how it can be rectified. The anchor fits to the channel of the reel perfectly, and the chain goes through easer and flawlessly. Size is 52x82 mm. The price in the local market is less then 10 us dollars. The anchor also came with an u type eye ball connection which you must change or add a swivel for better performance. Last but not least, the choice of the anchor provided is an other topic to be dealt further on.
That's a good tip. Anchor roller provided with these boats could be much better. I had a hard time figuring out how to secure the anchor to avoid it moving around and hitting the gelcoat. I finally drilled a hole through the anchor and secured it with a spigot and a safety pin. I even added a piece of white PE-plastic under the anchor shank for protection. I don't have a windlass and I seldom use the bow anchor, so this solution works pretty well and keeps the anchor in place.
Thanks for the picture. Your solution is a problem solver. When you find the opportunity change that pitiful reel too. It will make a difference.
Your anchor has a bent profile, ours is straight. The straight type causes stress on the chain and the windlass because it rests higher than the position of the windlass. Because of that extra inclination caused by the straight anchor, the chain touches the lid during operation, and takes away some of fiber glass at the tip of the lid. I put some plastic to the place of friction for the time being.
In addition, I am also thinking to place a protective shield at the bow of the boat, to safeguard the fiberglass from any damage because of the anchor.