**The benefit of using paint to mark a chain anchor rode is that it won't affect the links as they pass around the windlass. If you prefer to stick with just one color of paint, an alternative is to mark the rode with stripes. At 25 feet use one stripe, at 50, two, at 75, three, and at 100, four. Repeat the sequence if your anchor chain is longer. Stripes work well on a rope rode, too, and can even be applied using an indelible marker. In a pinch, pieces of line or even cable ties can be used as markers.