cable markers for marine environments

George Herbert george.herbert at
Thu Mar 8 16:13:17 CST 2012

Under the circumstances...

I would tend to do a two-phase solution.

1.  At both ends, above the bilge area, put the most durable printed
labels you can find.

2.  Both at the ends, and intermittently under the deck, use a coded
ID number for each cable using those slip-on crimp-on types (the
cablecraft ones someone pointed to a bit upthread).  You won't have
the full label in the middle, but you can look at any endpoint and get
the description and the cable's individual ID tag, and then trace the
tag numbers in the bilge.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon at> wrote:
> On 2012-03-08, at 2:01 PM, Jim Richardson wrote:
>> I have had good results with printed labels covered in clear
>> heatshrink.  Awkward, time consuming, and generally annoying, but
>> works, and lasts.
> A bit more detail I should have included ...
> These are pleasure craft, so stuff goes under the deck whether we like it or not.
> I've been using markable heat shrink, but as Jim says, it's very time consuming and awkward, so I was hoping for something better.  I have tried a few of the wrap-around plastic write-on types, but the glue doesn't hold very long in the damp environment.
> I'm hoping to find a printable plastic wrap-around with a glue that will stick in the damp, as it would let me pre-print everything before the job.
> --lyndon

-george william herbert
george.herbert at

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