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    Default How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Finally, I have a proper anchor roller so that I can keep the anchor on the bow with the rode lead through the hawse pipe, ready for quick and easy deployment. However, this means the hawse pipe is open and so water that comes on deck can find it's way down the hawse pipe where it can drip on the v berth cushions. It's not a lot of water but enough to make the cushions moist and a bit of an annoyance and a possible cause of mold.

    Any good simple solutions to this? The hawse pipe covers that I have seen only work when there is no rode in the way. The best I have come up with is a rubber ball squished in around the rode, it works, but doesn't seem very nautical....

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Can we see a picture of the problematic hole?
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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Get a big turks head knot made in manila rope instead of the ball, voila, instant nauticool
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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    This style is available:



    You can also make a cover - much like a mast cover that attached with velcro.

    If I'm at sea for a long voyage, I disconnect the shackle, tie some twine to it & drop it down into the locker - then seal the hawsepipe. Yes the twine makes a bump, bit only a few drops get past it.
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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Umm...It sounds as if the anchor chain/rode drops onto the V-berth !!
    But that can't be right.!
    Usually, there is a compartment bulkhead separating the chain locker from the v_berth with maybe an access hatch and drain scuppers to the outside or bilge.
    Color me confused!!!

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    This design keeps most of it out,
    I suggest that you need a piece of pipe or a trough to direct the rode and any water away from the berth.

    P.S. That is the Naval Pipe, the hawse is forward of the windlass and goes from the deck down and out through the topsides.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Yes, sadly the pipe is about 6 inches forward of where it needs to be to drop the rode cleanly into the chain locker. Hard to imagine why the previous owner put it there, but I am disinclined to move the windlass and pipe to fix it. We set the locker lid on the v berth and it helps direct the rode to the locker. But when sailing the drips coming in the pipe tend to adhere to the underside of the cabin roof and then run which ever way the boat is heeling, and so drips can occur in odd places.

    I like the canvas cover with velcro idea and will give that a try. Thanks everyone.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    If you're not going to move the hawse to a proper location, put ties so that the V berth cushions can be lashed against the hull and away from drips. Assuming you have a unit as in #4 and have the line hole facing aft, no water will come in when at anchor so the only problem is when underway.

    Most of these units have a hook on the inside of the cap. This allows you to hang a link of the leader chain on that hook so the cap stays on. If you make a wooden plug in two halves so it can be placed over a suitable link on the chain that can block the aft facing hole. But frankly, on my boats I never bothered.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    You might also run a pipe under the deck that would lead chain and water into the locker.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    My Albin has a "straight up" hawse pipe in the foredeck. There is a compartment under, so the v-berth does not get wet, however, I like those fittings shown in #4 and #6; especially the later with an "elbow"; looks more old fashioned, like the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    My Albin has a "straight up" hawse pipe in the foredeck. There is a compartment under, so the v-berth does not get wet, however, I like those fittings shown in #4 and #6; especially the later with an "elbow"; looks more old fashioned, like the boat.
    There's one on eBay right now. In the UK - but about $65 US with shipping

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/143326453258?ul_noapp=true
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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Spurling pipe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Spurling pipe?
    Just so. It almost sounds like chain spurling down into the locker.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    We regularly ran chain down a rubber pipe (diesel wet exhaust hose works well) from the naval pipe to the cable locker. The locker doesn't need to be directly under the naval pipe – it can be led quite a way forward or aft (or for that matter sideways) without any problem. Then any water also runs into the cable locker. We found that it rarely, if ever, jammed – and if it did a good shake of the rubber hose freed things up.

    I still often design cable lockers/anchor windlass location in that way.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Are we talking about rain water or waves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Are we talking about rain water or waves?
    Rain will not flow uphill, and as for green water the hinged flap
    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    keeps most of it out,
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    Capillary action...sweet water can travel uphill.
    Is the OP's problem a little bit of water getting on his pillow or 5 gallons of seawater wetting up the whole boat interior every time he goes sailing?
    But that does not answer my question.
    That's a pretty fittin Nick, but I see 4 leaks built in . The screws .
    Then, any waves/ green water will either get through the flap or open it if it's pointed aft . And good luck getting a thimble through there.,
    If this is a sea boat that is pounding salt, the hose / pipe glued in place below that leads the chain aft and low, is the best route .
    Meanwhile, many boats DO use a rubber ball mashed in there . Or a ball of beezwax.

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    Default Re: How to keep water out of hawse pipe?

    My brother has the worst luck with boats. One time we were out for a few days and the shackle and thimble on the anchor rode snagged in the deck fitting that lead below. He called me forward to help and when i did the engine raw water pickup lost suction. The engine alarm went off and i raced back to the cockpit to shut the engine down. No damage fortunately and we were eventually able to free the anchor rode with me belowdecks and him above... but not before we sagged down pretty close upon a lee shore. Fun with boats!

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    ^ That's not the worst luck....but is is a good reason for carrying twice the amount of chain you think you may need.
    ...To prevent ever reaching the end of yer chain. (it's NEVER good.Even if it does make it through, It will usually be a six year old rusted ,loose, crap eye splice).

    One still does not know...this a 20 foot inland boat or a sea boat.
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