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Marking a centerboard cable

I have a stainless steel cable to raise and lower my centerboard, it works great but I want to mark the cable so I know when it is completely raised. I've tried tape, paint, and a plain whipping and they've all been rubbed off .

My idea is to mark it with "gun blue" which is used to permanatly stain metal but I'd like to have a brighter color. Anybody got a better idea?

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Instead of a plain whipping, you might try to pass your thread under some of the strands. The wire is 7x19 so it should be flexible enough to do that.
I bet that a bright colored ribbon passed through the wire a couple of times would last for a while.
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Thanks for the tip about the ribbon, that seems like a great idea and I'll give it a try!

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I wouldn't recommend using ribbon or a whipping, as both of these will tend to hold moisture against the stainless steel and promote crevice corrosion. Coloring it with some sort of metal marking dye would be a better idea IMHO.

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Good point SD.
seafrontiersman, I was remiss in pointing out that you should keep your centerboard cable lubed.
Including the brightly colored ribbon. Having an un-oiled ribbon will definitely shorten the life of the cable by a day or two.
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Instead of a plain whipping, you might try to pass your thread under some of the strands. The wire is 7x19 so it should be flexible enough to do that.
I bet that a bright colored ribbon passed through the wire a couple of times would last for a while.
I used a strand pulled from the cover of an old sheet rope I had laying around and pulled it through the wire using a big sail needle and it works GREAT!

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