Originally Posted by Davealso
I have seen colored plastic chain infills. cable ties and paint
Who has some other thoughts on this as a simple alternative to another electronic readout on the yacht!
We actually have a rode
counter. Works like a champ for chain, nowhere close for rope. And we have a combination rope/chain rode
... and I suspect even a rode counter wouldn't get everyone where they want to be anyway. (At least ours doesn't.)
So I marked the rope portion with cable ties (zip ties) threaded through and then around the 8-plait: one band at 25' or rope, two at 50', three at 75'. Mentally adding that to the leading 25' of chain is easy enough. Estimating in between 25/50/75/100' is easy enough.
I didn't bother to mark the remaining 225' of rope. We seldom anchor in depths requiring significant precision or more depth
The zip ties pass through the gypsy
easily enough. I don't know what to expect from wear over time; issues haven't arisen yet. I would expect the cable ties would work
well enough on chain and through the gypsy without too much wear. I used black on white rope; maybe white ties on gray chain would be easier to see.