When storms were coming through the Abacos in the winter of 2008-2009 I usually let out about 125' of chain.That meant at least the first 50' was buried in the sand.The big issue will be how well the paint holds after several times through the windlass chain wheel and after dragging through sand. Turns out maybe I should have used the primer intended for galvanized metal. It didn't take many runs through the windlass or days buried in Bahamas sand for the marking paint to disappear.
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My back up anchor, the Harborfast 45 had dragged several times in conditions much less than a gale.
I had been following discussions of the newer anchor designs such as the Rocna and Manson Supreme.
In 2012 I sold the Bruce and replaced it with a Fortress Anchor.
Sarah came with Lofrans Royal manual windlass, which I replaced with a Quick Hector electric windlass in 2013.
In the picture on the left I have started the painting of length markers using Rust-Oleum.
On the right are the color-coded depth markers for the anchor chain. At first it seemed a little difficult to use, but after studying it for a bit I recognized that it could be very effective.The center colors are multipliers of 25' and the outer markers are multipliers of 100'.I think the strength of the scheme is that it is symmetrical, you can read it easily from either direction, and it should be readable even if the marker is under several feet of water.I expect the cable-ties will not last any longer than the paint, but they are a lot easier to restore.I still need to drop the first 50' of the chain on the dock and measure off the 25' and 50' lengths.Of course this required another chain wheel for the Lofrans Windlass.