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How can I seal a anchor chain deck pipe?

Hi folk.
I have this anchor chain deck pipe on my boat. (I think it's called a spurling pipe?)
When there's a bit of a sea, it lets water in.
I've had some sucess stretching a neoprene beer cooler over it but it eventually washes off
.... ignoring my warm beer problem.

Any ideas?
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Zip-tie the beer cooler to it, instead of just stretching it over.

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foam rubber plug with a string to pull it out.

or seal up the chain locker and put a drain it in over board
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Use silly putty or butyl tape to seal it. They are waterproof, but not too sticky, with the consistency to form a seal that seawater can't budge.
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Might you be able to turn the cap 180 degrees to help
minimize water intrusion?
Also maybe a PVC cap that could go on top and then
drill a small hole in the side of the cap, insert and knot a small bungy cord to go under your line/rode and attach to
stanchion base. should stay put and not get lost.
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I,v tried most things to prevent water getting in to the anchor locker. Can,t change the vertical entry directly under the windlass.
My latest is a !/4" rope plaited through the chain to fill the entry, starts wound well enough to fill the entry and continues as a taper and ends a couple of links down the chain when the anchor is stowed. The tail of the rope goes into a plastic bottle to wick away any water that gets though.
Second season and main problem is remembering to empty the bottle.
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Use silly putty or butyl tape to seal it. They are waterproof, but not too sticky, with the consistency to form a seal that seawater can't budge.
Would plasticine (a.k.a., modeling clay) work?

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Where does the water in the chain locker go now? If it collects or goes somewhere undesirable, fixing that is where I would attack the problem. Retrieving wet and muddy chain, particularly when raining is always going to introduce some water down there, albeit nothing like a breaker.


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Mine are big enough to accept a small nerf football. it can stuff in around the existing chain no problem. it can be pulled out easily when you draw some chain out.

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Minnewaska is exactly right, there should be a drain hole allowing the anchor locker to drain. You need to have a way to remove water brought in via the anchor rode and/or clean the muddy chain and line. Is there such a drain and does it need opening up?

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