Originally Posted by Stuzzer
Also it seems a bit precarious tying a knot leaning right over to reach the fitting under the bow?
yup... it is precarious and not recommended. Pete has the right way..
I have a painter (rope) permanently tied to the front D ring.
(in actual fact its tied like a bridal to the two side rings and fed through the front ring..but I wont go into that just now as it will confuse matters)
This painter (rope) is just short of the length of the boat so if I forget to bring it on board when I set off..the loose end cant reach the propeller and get tangled in it.
The painter is used when I jump out the boat when I land ..to haul the boat ashore..or to tie it off so it wont drift away. It is also used as the rope to attach the anchor rope to the boat.
To anchor the boat ..throw your anchor overboard and let out the amount of anchor rope you want..(as you said..you may only want to let half your anchor rope out) Once you have the amount of anchor rope out..just tie a loop in your anchor rope..then tie the loose end of the painter to the loop in the anchor rope. The job is done.
So now you have the anchor out on the sea bed ..the anchor rope is attached to the painter via the loop you tied. .. the painter is attached to the front of your boat.
The remainder of your anchor rope above the loop is kept in the boat beside you..so when you want haul it in..you can do it from the safety of your seat.
I use a carabiner on the end of my painter as it is the most used rope on the boat and it makes it easy to clip onto anchor ropes or whatever.
As for a seat.. google your nearest angling centre ..then do a search on boat seats. There are many different types available to clip onto your existing seat or to stretch across the tubes..but they all come at fancy prices.