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October 26, 2001

Making a Mark

This is an anchor chain marker that lasts.

Colors painted on anchor chain to indicate depth usually don't last very long. Cloth or ribbon markers tied to the chain often tear off when pulled over the anchor gypsy. Twine or leather markers also can become dislodged and are very hard to see at night. For an easily applied, long-lasting solution, I weave different colors of polypropylene rope though my anchor chain.
First, buy 2-foot sections of 1/4-inch polypropylene rope in red, white, blue, yellow and green. Unthread the strands and melt-whip the ends. To mark the chain, simply weave the rope threads in and out of the links. This results in highly visible markings that can be easily felt by hand in the dark.
After several years of service, the markers continue to travel smoothly over the chain gypsy.
Steve Hicks
Tyler, Texas