After feeding it through a shackle attached at the bow, I bring the line back and tie it off with a bowline to the front crossbar. To assist with retrieving the line, I have another short line attached to a ring shackle >outside< the bow shackle, so I can pull the line back from the bow to retrieve the anchor - going out to the bow is not an appealing option!
The blue line is 10 metres long, and is my primary anchor line, with the end tied off on the cross bar. The other end is cleated on the black cleat for neatness, ready to be attached to further anchor line or the anchor. The yellow flecked line is my retrieve line, which is tied off to the base of the cleat, and is connected to the "outside" of the blue line. The whole works is kept tidy with the blue velcro.
In the hull I have another 15 metres of anchor line which can be shackled to the blue one (plus a further 50 metres if going on expedition type trips) plus a Cooper anchor with two metres of chain
Sounds a bit elaborate, although I'm sure it's great.
I've bought a Hobie anchor, with line.
For occasional use, couldn't I just put a padeye at the bow, and run a line
back into the sheet cleat, for lowering and raising the anchor ?
I expect I would be anchoring in sheltered bays for up to an hour or so,
rather than in open water.