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Old 10-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #21
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RE: Labeling lines.

We seem to have drifted from lines.* How unusual.*

Our chain was paint marked when we bought Gray Hawk.* The system is very simple:

50' is Fluorescent green

100' is Emergency orange with a green stripe in the middle

150' is green

200' is orange/green

etc.

Its pretty easy to remember whether you're on the first, second or third pass of the green or the orange/green/orange.* In theory I suppose more marks would be more accurate but this isn't brain surgery after all and it seems to me that more marks would just be more confusing to remember.

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Old 10-21-2011, 05:57 AM   #22
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RE: Labeling lines.

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When I reach into my locker to pull out a line, if it's light I know it's a short one, if it's heavy I know it's a long one. If it's really heavy that's my spare anchor rode.

That's my system and I'm sticking to it!

That would*work in some situations, but I have three 15' lines and one 20' line and it's pretty hard to tell the difference by weight.* And I'd rather not have to pick up the wrong one in the first place.

I could count the coils, but marking the ends seems so simple and works so well ................
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:01 AM   #23
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RE: Labeling lines.

For my home slip (in a marina), I just leave the lines attached to the cleats and adjusted (and cut) to the correct length. No question of what line goes where or how long to make it. I secure them with wire ties so they don't get "readjusted" or "borrowed" when I'm away for a while.

I have another set for traveling and some spares on the boat as well.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:12 AM   #24
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RE: Labeling lines.

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I use small wire ties, green, yellow and red. Every 20' I put them like this. One green, one yellow, one red, two green, two yellow, two red, three green... you get the idea. Don't snip the tails off, because it'll make sharp points that will cut you and reduce the visibility.
*4" or something longer?

*4" sounds about right.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:35 AM   #25
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RE: Labeling lines.

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That would*work in some situations, but I have three 15' lines and one 20' line and it's pretty hard to tell the difference by weight.* And I'd rather not have to pick up the wrong one in the first place.

I could count the coils, but marking the ends seems so simple and works so well ................
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*For me I don't normally distinguish between a 15 and a 20 so it doesn't matter. I want to know if I am grabbing a 15/20 or a 40. I have lines secured to rails bow and stern, so those are the first to get used anyway, and after that I am secure. Then I go look in the locker for additional lines IF needed.

All lines at my normal slip are attached to the dock and stay there normally, so it's not like I need to find lines ever time I go out.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:21 PM   #26
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RE: Labeling lines.

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No, but I use black thread on my fishing boat anchor to let me know how much I have out. Tuna fishing here requires sometime to be anchored in 200' of water and I tie a black thread every 50 or 100 foot to know what I have out.
*my chain is marked also (by the PO), i just dont know what the color coding means.

red is every 50 ft or ?guessing is not an option for me.

i need to lay out my chain and redo this, how is that done?

just roll it out on the gangway? there must be a smart way of doing this?
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:05 AM   #27
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RE: Labeling lines.

Here is what I'm trying, with tape mask off bands on the line. One line for each 10' of length, then spray paint black on white line, or white on dark line.

If one wanted to be more precise a red line could be added to indicate 5 more feet.

When done it looks like the picture below.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:31 AM   #28
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RE: Labeling lines.

Steve,

I like that idea -- interested to see how it holds up.

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RE: Labeling lines.

Used these for years for three strand and brait rodes. Cheap and easily read.
<a href="http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/browse.cfm/anchor-rode-markers-9-set-122631/4,1193.html" target="_blank">
http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/browse.cfm/anchor-rode-markers-9-set-122631/4,1193.html</a>

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Then there are these for chain. Haven't tried them. Wonder if the stay put or if they interfere with a windlass gypsy.

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http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...6112&id=535733
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