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Old 12-05-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Marking Anchor chain

Was wondering what the best way to mark anchor chain was, I've seen people using tie raps, spray paint, and both together. just wondering the best way to mark it. Also we'll be attaching the bitter end of the chain to a piece of Nylon 3 strand for emergency cutting.
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Hi Oliver,

We've had good luck with the Imtra Chain Markers inserted into our chain links.



I also add tie wraps, but they don't seem to last long and we have not lost a chain marker yet.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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I was looking at those. How many did you need and what incraments did you mark your chain at?
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I use red and white spray paint. I start with an all-white 6' long section about 10' above the anchor. That lets me know that I'm almost all the way up and need to slow down the retrieval of the chain.

Above that, I mark red/white sections (1' long each) at 25' and 75'. At 50' and 100' I mark white/red/white, again about 1' each color.

Then similar marks at 150', 200'.
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Double marking

First I put a galvanized primer every twenty five feet of chain and at the 10 ft mark and the 290 ft mark (300 ft of chain). After that I mark using a system of red, white, blue for 25', 50' and 75' with green for 100', and then repeat the red, white, blue, yellow marks the 200' ft mark then repeat of the red white and blue. At the 10' mark and 290' mark I put all three of red white and blue to let me know I am at the end.

Of course the red white and blue sequence is easy for Americans to remember as it is the description of our flag.

I also put in the Imtra chain markers using the same coding. Have not had the same good luck with them. My chain is in the water for at least 120 days a year.

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We also paint with white, red and bright orange colors. We have 300 feet of chain and start at 30' then 40 foot sections. When we reverse the chain, the marked distances are the same.
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I was looking at those. How many did you need and what incraments did you mark your chain at?
We typically anchor in deeper water, so mark the chain every 50 feet and use a Red, White and Blue Pattern (3 reds at 50, 3 Whites at 100, 3 Blues at 150', repeat). It is eight feet from the windlass to the roller so is pretty easy to add extra chain once a marker passes to get the desired amount out.

Most boaters paint their chain and it works very well.
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White wire ties every 25'. One at 25', two at 50', three at 75', four at 100'. Repeat. All chain.

Never had to replace any ties.
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I also put in the Imtra chain markers using the same coding. Have not had the same good luck with them. My chain is in the water for at least 120 days a year.
Hi Marty,

Did the chain markers fall out? How long did they last for you?
My chain is too rusty to paint, but I'll probably do that when I re-galvanize or replace it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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Was wondering what the best way to mark anchor chain was, I've seen people using tie raps, spray paint, and both together. just wondering the best way to mark it. Also we'll be attaching the bitter end of the chain to a piece of Nylon 3 strand for emergency cutting.
you might consider 100 feet of yellow poly instead of nylon...still cuts and if you cut it near the end, enough should be floating you can come back and find your anchor.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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Maybe just me, we have quite a bit of chain followed by nylon, marked. I typically just look at the angle to know I'm where we need to be.
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I mark my chain with red spray paint, but in only 2 places...50 feet and 100 feet. Never found a need for more markings.
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My chain was pretty old when I bought the boat. I tried paint but it didn't last 2 years and we don't use marinas much so getting it out on a dock, cleaned up, primed, painted and thoroughly dried was a pain in the neck so I went to to tie wraps. We put one black one at each mark as the black ones seem to be tougher than the other colors and when we lose one we don't have to be in a hurry to replace it and don't have to guess where we are. White: 1 at 25ft, 2 at 50ft, 3 at 75ft, 4 at 100ft. Red: 1 at 125ft and so forth. We seem to lose one every few months but it is easy to replace as required.
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Was wondering what the best way to mark anchor chain was, I've seen people using tie raps, spray paint, and both together. just wondering the best way to mark it. Also we'll be attaching the bitter end of the chain to a piece of Nylon 3 strand for emergency cutting.
Another one for paint. Only two colors though, white and yellow which work better in low viz situations. Mark every 50 feet. 1st 150' use white bands 1,2 and 3 bands respectively. Use yellow in the same pattern up to 300'. If you have 400' of chain mark the 350' mark with 4 bands alternating yellow white yellow white. If you are anchoring in deeper waters be prepared to spot paint the marked sections that frequently contact the bottom.

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Another one for paint....be prepared to spot paint the marked sections that frequently contact the bottom.

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When we have to remark in the middle of a season, we pull the first one or two marks put them in separate plastic bags on the foredeck and then get the spray paint out. The paint stays in the bag and it's a quick fix.
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We attached a blue cable tie every 25 feet and yellow tie every 100 feet. Keep it simple. We also have noted that when "powering" out the windlass that it takes 15 seconds for 25 feet or 100 feet per minute....
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We use alternating red, white, and blue at 10' increments. Usually lasts a couple of years for us before repainting. Normally takes about 2-3 cold beers on a sunny day to finish. Tried cable ties some years ago. After a few years the bottom of our chain locker looked like a multi-colored rats nest mixed with bits of mud, sand, sea weed and other detritus.
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For some reason about half of the Imtra chain markers popped out and were lost within a couple of weeks. The others have stayed in for a couple of years.

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Was wondering what the best way to mark anchor chain was ...
Don't know the "best way" but there are many colorful ways.
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On the larger boats that I generally work on, depending on which naval society specs the boat is built to, ABS, Lloyds, etc etc we're required to have either five shots (450') or 500' chain, either way pretty much the same. We break the color coding down into five segments. The traditional coding is green to mark the end of the first segment, white for second, blue third, yellow fourth (acts as warning your getting near the end) and the last segment is in red, basically telling you to stop dropping the chain, your about to rip the shackle off the bulkhead, lol. So in reverse order is red, yellow, blue, white, green. The standard mimic to remember is "Rub your *alls with grease".
You can use the same coding with any length of chain/rope, just divide your length into 5 segments and mark accordigly. YMMV
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