How to Mark Your Anchor Chain

Jeff and Karen Siegel Work on Their Anchor Chain - Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey and Karen Siegel

Jeff and Karen Siegel Work on Their Anchor Chain - Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey and Karen Siegel

This post is the result of an item on Jeffrey Siegel’s personal blog, Taking Paws, on which he and his wife Karen document their travels aboard aCappella, a 53′ RPH DeFever trawler.  The subject of marking your anchor chain is a popular one on forums and discussion boards around the boating world, and one of the reasons it’s such a perennial topic, I suspect, is that it’s a problem without a perfect solution. 

Here’s Jeff’s view, “Every boater has their own technique for marking chain. None of them work. We’ve tried them all.”  Blunt.  Succinct.  And accurate, as far as I’m concerned. Having said that, we all still do it; in fact, need to do it, so. . . what to do?

Jeff and Karen recently pulled all the chain out of the locker and did some good maintenance work on it and Jeff blogged about the best method he’s found to mark the chain — “best” out of a lot of ultimately imperfect solutions, that is.  Anyway, have a look at Taking Paws, it’s a blog you should follow anyway if you’re interested in following a half-year liveaboard lifestyle (who isn’t?). For those of you who don’t know, Jeff and Karen are also the inventors and principals of ActiveCaptain, the “Mother of All Local Boating Knowledge” websites (my term, not theirs).

And let me know in the comments how you mark your chain. I think Jeff’s got it right, but maybe you’ve figured out a better way?

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .