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Markers for Anchor Rode

I have just purchased a new anchor rode and a pkg of markers. My question is where to place the markers. Should the 1st 30' marker mark 30' of rode including the chain or should I only be measuring the rope.
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I have no measurements on the rode. I just lay it out on the deck first. I know the distance from anchor well to the jib winch and I just multiply it by the number of rode "runs" back and forth. I am blessed with a deep gunwhale so it cannot roll off into the drink.
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Generally, the distance is measured from the anchor attachment. That way you know exactly how far it is to the hook. I suppose there is no rule that says you can't do it however you want but if you ever put anyone else on the foredeck they'll assume it's 30' (or whatever) to the anchor not to the chain.
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Depends... If you're going to add the amount of chain in your head, just mark the distance of rope out... if you can't remember to add the amount of chain, mark the lengths as they actually are. Marking chain is best done with the small plastic markers that insert into the chain links.
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Svindigo, That is what I thought also, Thanks. Neicy
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I have a question - what can be used to mark 8 or 12 strand anchor rode? Inserting anything into the strands seems nontrivial unlike 3 strand (and windlass might not like that). I tried permanent marker but it isn't all that permanent.
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Brak,

I use black electrical tape to mark my rode. About 3 full turns and it lasts quite awhile. When it starts to fray, I grab some more tape.

For visual reference I start measuring every 15 feet from where the nylon rode joins my 12 ft. chain leader. Thus, 1 stripe at 15 ft., 2 stripes at 30 ft, and so on.
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I use colored twine. It can be a little tedious but in works great and lasts a long time.

I've tried plastic tape but the water and the stretching makes it wear off.


I know I have 100 feet of chain and I only mark the attaching line. Every where I like to anchor is usually around 20 feet deep.
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You might try plastic cable ties in different colors. Black = 100 ft, Brown = 50 ft, Red = 20 ft, blue = 5 ft. For the 125 ft mark, attach 1 black, 1 red and 1 blue cable tie. Mark every 25 ft. Keep the color key attached to the anchor locker hatch in a water proof plastic cover.
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I have a question - what can be used to mark 8 or 12 strand anchor rode? Inserting anything into the strands seems nontrivial unlike 3 strand (and windlass might not like that). I tried permanent marker but it isn't all that permanent.
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