Repainting our chain markings

Our anchor rode is 300 feet of chain. 50 feet of three strand line and a chain splice connects the end of the chain to the boat. Every few years we need to refresh the length markings on the anchor chain. It’s easy, the markings are just spray paint.

It’s a two person project to get the anchor and chain down on the dock. Kim ran the windlass while I dragged the chain around on the dock. I pulled all the colors together to make it easier to paint.

We have this little plaque stuck on the side of the windlass. We got it when we replaced the chain early on. We paint the chain with the appropriate color to correspond to this legend on the plaque.

The 50, 150, and 250 foot marks get white paint.

Red marks 100 feet, green is 200 feet.

And finally, blue marks both 300 feet and the end of the chain.

We sprayed the chain, let it dry for a while, flipped it over, and sprayed the other side. It’s not art, we were just marking it, so we didn’t put a lot of effort into making sure all the chain surfaces were covered.

Before we hauled it all back aboard, I cleaned all the dirt out of the chain locker. We used the windlass to wind all the chain back aboard, and secure the anchor. This project is done.

There ya go. That’s how to make a relatively long, yet not all that interesting post about chain marking. I have also been working on refinishing interior trim. More on that later.

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