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Old 09-01-2015, 10:38 PM   #1
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Chain counter

In the tips and techniques people talked about attaching all kinds of bangles and bows to the rode as length markers.
Nobody use store bought counters?
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Lots of that in the archives. Try searching on chain counter.

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A can of paint costs $4

Four cans of paint

Blue
Orange
Green
Brown
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Cost $16

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One second: three feet.
Two seconds: six feet.
Three seconds: nine feet.
and so on.

Yours may vary.
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A can of paint costs $4

Four cans of paint

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Orange
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Cost $16

How many cans?
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A can of paint costs $4

Four cans of paint

Blue
Orange
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Cost $16


Any old paint?
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Lots of that in the archives. Try searching on chain counter.

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Thanks.
Your link helped.
I can't seem to work the "Search" for some reason.
In this case I used all the key words in combo with no rewards.
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Any old paint?
My math sucks!!!

But yes I had plenty of cans of old paint laying around. I don't think I have a dime in the chain marking.
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I dropped $2 on my second pair of West Marine tag rode markers last spring with Cpseudonym. They are marked off every 30 ft and weave nicely through the line plys. I mark my chain in the same in increments with long tail zip ties...2 whites at 10 ft to alert me that the anchor is close on retrieval, 1 black at 30 ft, 2 blacks at 60 ft, 3 blacks at 90 ft, then the first WM tag at the end of the chain/beginning of the line at 120 ft and every 30 ft after that. The WM tag markers change color every 3 markers/90 ft so if I miss one due to inattention, I can catch the color change to reset the count in my mind. (What can I say...it happens with a single glance away from the rode.)
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In the tips and techniques people talked about attaching all kinds of bangles and bows to the rode as length markers.
Nobody use store bought counters?
If you are more inclined to have fun installing a simple counter system, I can personally recommend this one - works for me - I'm over tying bits of cloth, ties, blobs of paint, which wear off. Once you have had one of these, it's like wind up windows in cars versus electric, you will never want to go back. But hey, bits of cloth, pieces of plastic, and or other types of ties, and blobs of paint work well too...just sayin'

CruzPro CH55 Chain Counter

Of course there are other much more expensive, fancy self-docking types and all, but really, if you want one you can fit yourself and low cost, it's hard to beat.
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CruzPro CH55 Chain Counter

Of course there are other much more expensive, fancy self-docking types and all, but really, if you want one you can fit yourself and low cost, it's hard to beat.
We also have the CruzPro CHC55 as well as paint our chain using a five color system. The colors allow me at the bow to know what is going on when we are raising anchor. The chain counter lets my wife who is at the helm know what is going on. Anchor is dropped using only the chain counter as we can control the drop from the helm.

Installation was simple as boating items go. If you get this model buy an extra magnet as the magnet may drop out of the windlass.
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In the tips and techniques people talked about attaching all kinds of bangles and bows to the rode as length markers.
Nobody use store bought counters?

We have Maxwell's rode counter, and use it to a certain extent. Our rode is combo chain/rope. The counter is very accurate on the chain. Not so much on the rope.

So we also use a marking system on the rope: zip ties threaded through the line every 25' out to about 200'. Close enough.

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The chain counter lets my wife who is at the helm know what is going on. Anchor is dropped using only the chain counter as we can control the drop from the helm.

If you get this model buy an extra magnet as the magnet may drop out of the windlass.
This product really interests me but I'm confused as to exactly how it works! Where is the magnet mounted?
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This product really interests me but I'm confused as to exactly how it works! Where is the magnet mounted?
Drill a hole in the windlass head and install.

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Drill a hole in the windlass head and install.

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If you are more inclined to have fun installing a simple counter system, I can personally recommend this one - works for me.
Thanks Peter X 2, Marty and Chris for catching the question and answering.
Took a bit but we got there.
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OK, CruzPro installation. Drilling a hole in the gypsy is easy. What is more difficult but doable is running the wires from the helm (location of the meter) to the windlass and mounting two sensors almost touching the gypsy so that the sensors can count the rotation of the magnet.

This was a morning at most job for me but a Krogen has lots of work room and good access.
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We have the chain counter option for our Maxwell windlass and it's pretty handy. It counts - that part if obvious - but in many ways the auto-deploy and auto-retrieve are the more useful features.

With auto-deploy, you dial in how much chain you want to deploy and press the button. With a hand now freed up, it's much easier to be sure the boat is moving aft slightly just as the anchor hits the bottom, activate the anchor alarms so they are positioned correctly, then continue aft to lay out the chain.

Auto retrieve is handy when you have a lot of chain out, and it takes a while to haul it back in before the anchor even comes off the bottom. We use it for this pre-haul retrieval. Once we are at the anchor, it becomes a two person job, one controlling the windlass from the bow while cleaning off any crud, and the other maintaining station as needed.

As backup to the counter, our chain is painted every 50', plus I know how fast the windlass operates so can count by timing it. I would not rely on a counter alone, but I seldom rely on one thing for any critical function.
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I would not rely on a counter alone, but I seldom rely on one thing for any critical function.
This should be designated the first rule of cruising. The second would be: Everything breaks sooner or later.
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This should be designated the first rule of cruising. The second would be: Everything breaks sooner or later.
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