cable markers for marine environments

George Herbert george.herbert at
Thu Mar 8 15:54:28 CST 2012

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM, Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon at> wrote:
> I have a couple of wiring projects coming up on salt water-going vessels and I'm curious as to people's experiences with different types of cable marking products in a high-humidity / salt air / bilge environment
> None of the markers will be directly exposed to the outside elements, but quite a bit will be running below decks and will have to put up with the bilge.  Anyone have any horror stories to share?
> My preference is for a direct printing system rather than stock card markers.
> --lyndon

Data wiring through the *bilge* ???

The naval architect in me is screaming and running in circles at the idea.

Everything I've had to run through bilges, which involved power wiring
(ugh) and various pipe systems, but not datacom cables, got messed up
on the surface by the inevitable sludge of salt water and junk and oil
in the bilges.  Large painted stencils on pipes seem to survive, as to
large printed plastic label tags.  Most smaller printed tags like
you'd use for circuit ID or wire ID in normal datacom/telco usage
delaminated or melted eventually.

Is this a temporary or permanent installation?  If permanent, think
about running anywhere else you can and conduiting and armored

-george william herbert
george.herbert at

More information about the NANOG mailing list