Sunfish in UK/Bailer Question

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Dickhogg, May 11, 2017.

  1. Dickhogg

    Dickhogg New Member

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    Hello! I recently bought an old sunfish (I think 1976) and have been sailing it in Hasting, East Sussex. The main reason I am posting here is to say hi ...and thanks to the people of this forum. Various threads here have already invaluable to me in getting to grips with the boat and getting it on the water. Sunfishes are very rare in the UK and as far as I can tell this one hadn't been sailed in decades.
    So far I have cleaned it up re-rigged it and made a new rudder (The old one was rotten and broke on my second sail.) As far as I can tell there is not much else wrong with it. It doesn't leak much and weighs around 150lb, which I guess is acceptable in an old boat like this. My next plan is to put in an inspection port, fit a decent hiking strap and upgrade the block.

    One slight issue is that the bailer is missing both it's ball and the two metal pins that stop the ball from coming out. Can anyone tell me the diameter of the bailer ball? I bet I can find a suitable replacement somewhere.

    Cheers

    Dick
     

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  2. Roller

    Roller Member

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    The Sunfish bailer ball is part# 91031. I measured the ball in a bailer I have to be 5/8" in diameter (15.875 mm). I think the ball may be PMP (polymethylpentene plastic). The specific gravity of PMP is 0.83--a good choice for a floaty plastic ball.

    Good luck with your fleet!
     
  3. Dickhogg

    Dickhogg New Member

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    Thank you! that is really helpful. Have a good weekend.
     

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