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Re: Splicing and marking anchor rode
We only mark our rode every twenty-five feet, starting at 50. I thought most people who use line just slipped a colored bit of cloth woven through the lay at the various points, color coded for each mark, as we do. Say red for 50, blue for 75, green for 100, 2 reds for 150, etc. Simple, neat and easily renewable.
It really doesn't matter if you splice a second thimble on the bitter end, as that end should be secured to the vessel in the chain locker so that you do not have the whole rode run out in a moment of inattention. If it were to run out or you needed to cut your anchor line and buoy it in an emergency, you would do it at the windlass anyway, so a second thimble would never get on deck.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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