Originally Posted by JABS
Why not fit those chain markers which go between the links. They are for telling you how much chain is out.
Or just paint links with different colours, a different colour every two metres, follow the spectrum... ROYGBIV? You probably don't have more than 16 metres of chain before the rope starts??
Probably quite reliable but it doesn't fit the requirement to have great toys!
That is exactly what I did on the old boat, however, you need to have someone holding your feet as you dangle over the bow tubes to count the markers as they go by. Fine in a flat sea but...
You can open up the anchor locker but that means moving cushions etc. The boat has a windlass control from the helm which at the moment relies on guesswork - I could time the windlass so that I know how much goes out every 10 seconds but I thought a little meter might make sense.