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Old 02-05-2008, 19:17   #1
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rope rode markers?

Any good ideas for marking anchor rope? I used pieces of cloth every 20 feet but would like something easier and clearer to see when setting the hook.
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colored zip ties - different colors and different numbers for increments of 25'
when the windlass teeth cut them, easy to replace.
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I find that anything that sticks out from the line tends to get caught in the wraps around the capstan head and tends to get pulled out. I ended up using colored sail twine and doing whippings every 25 meters. The different colors designate how much is out.
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fabric spray paint in bright colors. set up a scheme that denotes # of feet i.e. 1 2" orange band for 50', 1 orange, 1 blue for 100' etc. Nothing to get caught in the capstan.
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Any good ideas for marking anchor rope? I used pieces of cloth every 20 feet but would like something easier and clearer to see when setting the hook.
Whippings will work (this link describes it perfectly). Use heavy duty synthetic thread.

You might also try self amalgamating tape but I don't know well that will work due to the flexing. It might be fine, it might not.

I like the spray painting the rope idea but that's a lot of cans to keep board and they then to rust.
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I use the west marine anchor rode markers made of a plastic material. The first 40 feet is chain, then anchor line with the appropriate depth indicators.
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I go the painted way (but only on chain) plastic ties slice wet cold hands if you have to handle the rode. Stitching through rope rode with coloured embroidery cotton seems to work but gently open the lays (if its traditional rope) and thread through rather than damage the fibres with a fat needle.

ps I tried coloured cable ties supplied free from a well know cruising magazine on my 18mm rope rode on my 30 footer. It has cut me nearly every anchor haul since. (no anchor winch)
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I just use black electrical tape on white nylon rode as I have no windlass. 2 separate wraps at 50' 3 separate wraps at 75', 4 at 100, etc. Easy on the hands, and easy to replace when needed.
Also it's easy to see in near darkness.

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I use rope coat, a rope marking/ coating paint.
Red, yellow, blue, green. UV things in it, water soluble until dry then it's there to stay babe. Approx. US$30 litre (don't know what this is in that funny old imperial system). Available from ???? No idea over there sorry. Ours comes out of Aussie.

Go with the fabric paint comment above, probably the easiest and don't get Red if you have twitchy eyes. Red is the 1st colour to disappear in the water. Get one that stays on polyester and nylons, not all do.
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