Back to back online meetings from 02:00 to 04:00 were tough, then I couldn't really get back to sleep so at 06:00 I was making coffee and logged in at work already. But that also means that I will be able to call it quits earlier today and see if I can head out to the beach before curfew comes around! tasty and let me get to an early sleep as I needed to get up at 01:45 to prepare for my 02:00 conference call.
Today wasn't a beach day - after work and shopping for dinner it is now too late to dinghy across to the beach before curfew starts shutting things down. But I can do some splice work for a new snubber line from the air-conditioned comfort of the main cabin. The varnishers have just left after putting on the fourth of 8 coats (two base coats and two coats of varnish add up to 4). I have to wait until dark before bringing in the parts as they still need to dry out before handling.
I just spent the last hour and half splicing together a new anchor snubber. I used the old adage of "measure twice, cut once" for the doubled-up section that is supposed to act as a chafe guard. I should have measured thrice. At least I got some good practice for the new rope I'll be buying and splicing tomorrow.
I cleaned the anchor locker again just before sundown when the temperature became bearable in there but the rust stains are still there. I might leave that project be as when I get the new chain it will cover up the stained sections completely. I still have to figure out a coloring scheme for the new chain; I made the mistake of posting the question on a sailing forum and got quite a few suggestions. Some of the coloring schemes are complicated and not intuitive and I think I will use the simplest one as follows:

Anchor Chain Markings
Length Color
50 feet black -

green

- black
100 feet black -

green

-

green

- black
150 feet black -

green

-

yellow

- black
200 feet black -

yellow

-

yellow

- black
250 feet black -

yellow

-

red

- black
300 feet black -

red

-

red

- black
350 feet black -

red

-

red

-

red

- black

The black links mark the beginning and end of a color sequence and the

green

-

yellow

-

red

progression is intuitive as a traffic-light sequence. I'll put some labels on the anchor locker door to explain the coloring scheme just in case I can't remember, too.


Third coat of varnish Third coat of varnish
(2021-09-08 14:40:03 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Third coat of varnish
Third coat of varnish Third coat of varnish
(2021-09-08 14:40:32 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Third coat of varnish
Old anchor snubber Old anchor snubber
(2021-09-08 14:39:53 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/160s] ISO 64)
Old anchor snubber
Anchor Snubber Eye Splice Anchor Snubber Eye Splice
(2021-09-08 15:24:24 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/20s] ISO 64)
Anchor Snubber Eye Splice
Looking better after one round of FSR stain remover Looking better after one round of FSR stain remover
(2021-09-08 14:31:22 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Looking better after one round of FSR stain remover
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