Note that some of the responses here are referring to the original De Persia metal bailer and some of the replies are referring to the newer plastic bailer (which has the pins). Looking at the pictures from your other post “maybe this will be my sunfish “I can see that you have the plastic bailer.Hello people, today I've finally received the new balls for my Sunfish. But how do I get the bailer ball in the housing? En what's the purpose of the black rubber ring?
I do not think you need to remove the bailer in order to install a new ball and rubber seal for the ball. After you unscrew the stopper from the inside of the cubby, you can pull out the black rubber grommet at the bottom of the inside of the bailer, then drop in the new ball and replace the rubber grommet with the new one. When the boat is in the water, the ball will float up and press against that rubber grommet, thus preventing water from coming into the boat if the top of the bailer is unplugged.That's correct Weston, I have a platic bailer. So, do I still need to take the bailer off the boat if want to replace the ball?
I stand corrected... By unscrewing the stopper, you can remove the entire bailer. This is different from the older metal bailer that requires you to remove both the metal stopper and a separate locking nut if you want to get inside the bailer.Here I found this, this video show how to remove the plastic bailer. As you can see in the video, the stopper is the only thing holding the bailer to the bottom of the boat.
Hope this clears up any confusion. Either way it’s not very difficult.
I owned & sailed an '84 Sunfish for many years without the rubber grommet & surprisingly, it sealed very well without it.I hope that your installation went well. I would like to see if anyone has any experience sailing a Sunfish without the black rubber gasket that helps seal the plastic ball. I've taken some of the bailers apart and I found that some of our sailing center Sunfish boats were missing the gaskets. It could be that: 1. Those boats leaked badly. 2. that the or that the removable cap on top of the bailer (on the inside of the cockpit) did a good-enough job of keeping the lake water out of the cockpit. or 3. The plastic ball seals well enough without the gasket.