You missed the "just for fun" comment?@pdqaltair - what cruising sailing boat uses "shots", "fathoms" or detachable links in their anchor chain? And just like golf or the Imperial measurement system with its non-decimal based counting, who can remember multiples of 15 (and why should they)? There was only one other suggestion that was more complex and less intuitive and less applicable than what the U.S. Navy uses. And what sailboat is going to mark their chain every 90 feet or 27.5 meters (and set their depth sounder to fathoms so that they can compute the 15 fathoms to 1 shot conversion)? Just out of curiosity, do you use shots and fathoms aboard your sailboat?
PERFECT!It is more important to see the marks when laying out the chain, and by then the mud should have been washed off. I just paid for my chain and have my spray paint ready and waiting.
I am going with the simplest of systems recommended here - like a traffic light progressing from green through yellow to red:
feet Color Scheme 50 green 100 green - space - green 150 green - space - yellow 200 yellow - space - yellow 250 yellow - space - red 300 red - space - red
The "space" will be 3 links painted white and I think I will also paint 3 links before and after color stripe with white. I haven't decided how many links the color stripes will be, I'll wait until I have the chain laid out on the docks to get a feel for what length will be appropriate. I have some blue paint as well which I am thinking of marking the last 10 feet next to the anchor so that I have a visual cue as to when the anchor might be about to break surface when weighing it.
Thanks for all the suggestions, there's a wealth of information in this thread (and no thread creep!) that will hopefully help future chain markers in their endeavors 🏖⛵
Sorry - I did miss that and thought that you were being serious! Hence my terse reply. I've seen videos of chain being "dropped" from navy vessels and those are pretty impressive and I understand why private yachts mark in feet while they need to mark in shots.You missed the "just for fun" comment?
|100||green - white - green|
|150||green - white - yellow|
|200||yellow - white - yellow|
|250||yellow - white - red|
|300||red - white - red|