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View Poll Results: What method do you use to mark depth on your anchor rode?
Zip Ties - 1 for 25', 2 for 50' etc... 14 16.87%
Color Coded Paint 10 12.05%
Color Coded nylon fabric threaded through the strands 26 31.33%
Other Method 25 30.12%
I just guess based on how much rode is left in the locker... 8 9.64%
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Marking your Anchor Rode for Depth?

How many of you mark your anchor rode for depth? And what methods do you think work best both in daylight and after dark conditions?
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both of mine are marked, the one that came with the boat has plastic tails every ten feet and they are numbered. the new one i bought has small line tied in to it at 25, 50 and 75 feet. i dont need the new one with numbers, its kind of obvious which one i am at. the first is hard to see at night unless i have my headlamp on.
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Cloth markers in the rope portion and cable ties in the chain portion.
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Cloth markers in the rope portion and cable ties in the chain portion.
I've seen elsewhere on the net where people say that they mark their anchor chain. But unless you have an "all-chain" anchor line, why would you ever need to bother with marking the chain?

(In my case, I have a 30' boat and I bought a 30' chain to attach the rode to. So anytime I put the anchor out, the entire chain is always going to the bottom anyway).
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Pieces of cloth in the chain - 1 for 10 meters. 2 for 20, 3 for thirty....
Starting over at 50 meters if I really had that much chain
Chain only for the main anchor. Not because I need it for chafe protection but because of the shorter scope required.
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These work well for me, but then I only have 50' of chain

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Lots of cruising folk have longer lengths of chain than is always deployed, so marking the chain as well as the rope is necessary.

We use reinforced awning fabric, on both the chain and the rope. This is soft, easy on the gypsy, durable, and very easy to add and maintain.

Brighter colors are best, and a flashlight on the foredeck is necessary for nighttime use!

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I have the same setup
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I have 60' of chain or so....but can anchor in as little ad 3' of water with no trouble...since my board up draft is 16"... so, marking the chain makes sense...
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I've seen elsewhere on the net where people say that they mark their anchor chain. But unless you have an "all-chain" anchor line, why would you ever need to bother with marking the chain?

(In my case, I have a 30' boat and I bought a 30' chain to attach the rode to. So anytime I put the anchor out, the entire chain is always going to the bottom anyway).
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My main anchor is on 100 metres of chain, which I count from the cockpit with an AutoAnchor, a wonderful little New Zealand device.


As a back-up, I have the chain tagged with bright nylon strips: one at 20, two at 40, three at 60 and four at 80 metres. My three other rodes are also similarly marked.
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