Thoughts on Bailer replacement

L&VW

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#21
Fwiw i have one of tbe old Depersia bailers and I personally don't think it works all that great. Its in great condition but you have to be really moving for it to even start to work
I liked the concept of a metal bailer (that is hard to break). Also didn't know they're not very efficient. :oops: So what advice would you give the above reply?



If you've got this "picture" above, why not use a cork—attached with a string—so it doesn't get lost? The bailing process should be much improved, plus the outside part isn't going to break.
 
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#22
I think you are over thinking this. The plastic bailer have been around since the 70's and my boat still has the original one. They are strong. Certainly if abused, it will break but it is a low cost part and easy to replace. As someone said before they work well and I also sail with mine open all the time the boat is moving. If the boat is sitting, you just put the plug in. It works very well. I have had cockpits full of water from waves and flipping and it will drain it all. Replace the broken metal one with a plastic one that will work and just sail.
 

beldar boathead

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#24
What are you guys doing to break these bailers? I've had a plastic bailer for decades , my boats get heavy use, and have never broken one. In salt water environs, the plastic one is a no-brainer due to no corrosion problems. The metal bailer shown in the pic above looks so corroded a drain plug will never fit into it. Time for plastic!
 

L&VW

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#25
What are you guys doing to break these bailers? I've had a plastic bailer for decades , my boats get heavy use, and have never broken one. In salt water environs, the plastic one is a no-brainer due to no corrosion problems. The metal bailer shown in the pic above looks so corroded a drain plug will never fit into it. Time for plastic!
For starters, plastic deteriorates over time: one reason you don't see Chevy Corvettes with perfect-mirror paint jobs.

Sunshine, particularly in the South, is intense. Most outdoor Sunfish are stored with the bailer fully exposed to sunlight.
UV kills plastic. A coat of paint would've protected the plastic bailer (some), but none of my three Sunfish are newer than 1978. :confused:

Anti-corrosive agents have come a long way since 1978.

I'll take metal, when it's available. :)
 
#26
Hi all,

My on going craigslist project is moving forward, now I need to replace the bailer. I picked up a full kit plastic one today and I just wanted some input on it. I think I understand how to get the old metal one off but what I am wondering is when putting the new one on is there any alterations that need to be made? Also is silicone recommend for a improved seal on the hull and deck? Lastly how do the plastic ones hold up? Anyone have any comments on them? Thanks again for all the help so far.

Regards
How did you get the old Depersia bailer out? I'm trying to replace mine now and I'd love a good trick and proper tool ideas please.
 
#27
I have a question about the O-ring on my 1976 plastic bailer. When trying to reinstall my bailer with a new o-ring, the bailer is not being drawn up flat against the hull bottom... it's tilted (touching the nose against the hull, but there is a gap of 1/4" or so between trailing edge and hull. Also, the new plug is trying to squirm its way out from under the cap as I tighten. Is this normal until the o-ring flattens out some?

Leaving out the o-ring would seem to let water in undeterred.
 
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#28
I just installed a new plastic bailer yesterday and after tightening the nut it rests about 1/8 " evenly around from the hull. I don't think it should be tilted at all and maybe you need to try again and make sure clean connection. As for the plug do you mean just the cork that plugs the hole on the inside of the cockpit? that should stay in but i'm new to this style so will soon find out. good luck.
 

signal charlie

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#29
This is what I have, I am having second thoughts on replacing it, at least right now. What am I lacking? I think just the plug itself
Looks like you are missing the screw in plug. If you can find a plug, great. If not, better to remove it and replace with a plastic Sunfish bailer. Intensity has them on sale for $35 right now. Sunfish® Bailer
 
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