Anchor Chain – Be Patriotic As You Measure and Mark


Ever wonder how much chain you really have out? Wonder no more! Captain Chris shows you how easy it is to mark your anchor chain with a Red, White and Blue color scheme every 25 feet. Need 100 feet? You’ll see Yellow/Gold as it comes out of the chain locker. Each photo below has a descriptive caption that allows you to follow along.

We were asked to help out FAT BOTTOM GIRL as the owners were pressed for time. We tried for a wind-less day but had to be satisfied with sunny and low humidity. We improvised with boxes to keep our boat neighbors and marina staff happy. Gotta watch for overspray and the boxes do the trick!

Put one coat of paint on each 25 foot of chain, red, white, blue & yellow, then start back at the first red at 25ft after turning the chain inside the box to get overall paint coverage. You may need to do this a few times to find your holidays…you know, the places you missed the first time spraying!

To learn more about anchoring, docking, trip planning, navigation, galley tips and more please join us at our next Cruising 101 FUNdamentals seminar in Vero Beach…or Ask Captain Chris 772-205-1859.