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Old 10-18-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Labeling lines.

I keep a bunch of lines of varying lengths*coiled in a locker on the flying bridge. Most of them are 3/4" 3 strand, but of varying lengths.*It is hard to tell how long they are without pulling them out. Does anyone here use a way to label or mark them by length? If so please share.

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:37 PM   #2
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RE: Labeling lines.

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.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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RE: Labeling lines.

I haven't bothered to do it but it wouldn't be hard to whip the ends with some color code based on the length. I think whipping might be a dying art but its pretty easy to do, the hardest part would be finding the different colored whipping string.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
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RE: Labeling lines.

I second the idea of whipping the ends with different color twine. If you have trouble finding colored twine, let me know. We carry several colors in stock where I work.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:17 AM   #5
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Labeling lines.

If you want to whip the ends , the best code does NOT need light.

One whipping for 15 ft , two for under 30 ft?

Or ????


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Old 10-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #6
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RE: Labeling lines.

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!
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:13 AM   #7
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RE: Labeling lines.

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If you want to whip the ends , the best code does NOT need light.

One whipping for 15 ft , two for under 30 ft?

Or ????



-- Edited by FF on Wednesday 19th of October 2011 04:18:31 AM

Being a power boater and former electronic technician, I used heat shrink, not whipping, but that's what I did.* One piece for the shorter lines and two for the longer lines.

I used to do that with wires when I was working, but with a marker.* One line, two lines, three lines, etc.* Just for temporary marking.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:05 AM   #8
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RE: Labeling lines.

I am using colored electrical tape wound tightly over the whipping. I only mark the special purpose lines (breast line, spring lines). The 4 standard length bow and stern lines are left alone. This works great with the Admiral!
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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!
*What's more, it can be done with one's eyes closed or in pitch blackness.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:28 AM   #10
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RE: Labeling lines.

Two of my deck lines are 35' and are marked with red heat shrink, the other two are 25' and unmarked.* Other lines are obvious by their diameter, type*and place of stowage.
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RE: Labeling lines.

Colored sharpies and the english language or what ever you speak.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:15 PM   #12
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RE: Labeling lines.

I hand-sew a short length of polyester webbing (can get in many colors) to the line to identify it. I also use this to mark every 25 ft. on my anchor chain and rode (using a code so I can tell what depth is marked).

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #13
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RE: Labeling lines.

I use spinnaker cloth - ripstop nylon - in many colors from my local sailmaker for marking my anchor rode. Have been doing this for many years and it works great. I have to replace the first 2 or 3 markers about every 2 years because they wear out rubbing against the ground. Sailmakers give it away free from their scrap bin. I place them every 30 feet and make a chart that shows the depths the various colors represent. I tie them right to the anchor chain with a square knot.

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RE: Labeling lines.

I only mark my hurricane specific lines.**They have neon yellow electrical tape*on the ends. One mark for starboard two for port.* ** The rest of them I can tell by weight and or type.* My braided lines are all shorter,25-35 feet, while my twisted lines are 35-55 feet.*****
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RE: Labeling lines.

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I use spinnaker cloth - ripstop nylon - in many colors from my local sailmaker for marking my anchor rode. Have been doing this for many years and it works great. I have to replace the first 2 or 3 markers about every 2 years because they wear out rubbing against the ground. Sailmakers give it away free from their scrap bin. I place them every 30 feet and make a chart that shows the depths the various colors represent. I tie them right to the anchor chain with a square knot.

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*Do the ones in the chain interfere in any way with with your windlass gypsy?
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:18 AM   #16
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RE: Labeling lines.

The webbing on my chain/rode is completely ignored by the windlass. I decided against color coding my rode (I just use a dark color) because I found it difficult to distinguish colors in low or no light. I use a different number of tags next to each other to signify different depths.

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RE: Labeling lines.

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Do the ones in the chain interfere in any way with with your windlass gypsy?
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The markings go right through the windlass with no problem. Being rip-stop nylon, they take up very little space.

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:03 PM   #18
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RE: Labeling lines.

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.
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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?
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #20
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Labeling lines.

For our anchor chain we simply put a white wire tie every ten feet. We tried the color thing with paint and ties and found that trying to remember what red-blue-red meant or what green was was a pain the butt. Somebody in our club who has cruised and anchored this area for decades told us about putting a wire tie every ten feet and leaving it at that. You want ninety feet out? Count out nine ties. You don't even have to see them to know how many feet of chain is going out. In the dark, you can feel them simply by putting your palm on top of the chain as it goes out to the end of the pulpit.

We use ties about 8"long and we don't trim them. The "tails" make them more obvious. Eventually a tail will get torn off in the pile of chain in the locker but it hasn't happened yet. When it does it will leave the bottom of the tie on the chain so you just put on a new tie. When we installed the ties we ran the chain through the windlass so all the ties would be on the same side of the chain as it went through the wildcat. I don't know that it makes a difference, though. We've never had a tie hang up or get caught on anything going out or coming in.

So far we've never forgotten how much chain we've put out, but as a precaution once we're anchored and set one of us writes how much chain is out on a sticky note and puts it on the steering cable raceway at the helm.

All our mooring/docking lines are black and are the same length.* So like Charles, whatever line one grabs is going to be the same as the others.* We also leave our mooring lines permanently attached to their fore, midship, and aft*cleats on both sides of the boat.* The unused lines are left looped and locked over the handrail.* When we leave a dock the lines that had been used to secure us to it are also looped and locked over the rail.* So the lines are always ready no matter which side of the boat ends up against a dock.

We have special lines made up for use on a mooring buoy, and for our anchor snubbers.* These are white(ish)*and the hardware on the ends makes it impossible to mistake them for anything else.


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