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Where to find Laser 2 bailer replacement?

MStan57

New Member
Hi folks,

I have a Laser 2 in Northwest Indiana and have enjoyed sailing it in southern Lake Michigan for decades. I'm trying to make some repairs before summer sailing really kicks up and my broken bailer is stumping me.

It's an IYE Super Shute 90 bailer and I can't find it available for purchase anywhere. Does anyone have ideas of how to repair or replace what I currently have? The issue is that the front of the bailer (which is meant to stay flush with the hull) has broken so now when sailing instead of draining water in the cockpit, the bailer sucks water into the cockpit as the boat propels forward.

Thank you very much!
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
The Super Shute 90 hasn't been in production for a long time. Looks like the only place that carries it is this one in North Wales: IYE Super Shute 90 Self Bailer - Internal
If that doesn't work out, you need to go for the Andersen Super Max, which is what all newer Laser 2s have. The problem is that it's a few millimetres smaller in both directions, so you need to fill the existing screw holes and make the opening smaller.

I don't know if it's possible to repair the existing bailer without seeing the extent of the damage.

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MStan57

New Member
LaLi - thank you so much for your wisdom and quick reply! I'll look into the online shop in North Wales.

I'm attaching pictures inline which document the issue. Long story short - several years ago, we were out sailing and the bailer was jammed up (likely with sand). Being the dumbies we are, we got a rock and whacked the bailer with decent force. Naturally, the bailer became unjammed and opened up, but unfortunately it opened from the front (we broke whatever holds the front of the bailer to the rest of the hardware).

Curious if you have any repair ideas based on this description and images.

How it should work:
how it should work.jpg
How it's broken:
where the connection in front of bailer is broken.jpg
Other views:
another view.jpg
view from the top.jpg
one more for good measure.jpg
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
I'm still not quite sure how the chute (the moving part) hinges at the front, but it looks like yours has broken off a tiny flange which you can see in these pictures of the same part of the SS 60:
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Probably not worth fixing the old bailer. It's missing the non-return flap, too.

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joe c

banned
Thanks for those thoughts - will let you know it all turns out. Stay tuned!
my thought was to go to a smaller bailer, then make an alum or stainless adapter plate to mount the new smaller bailer in. then mount the plate and assembly in the existing hole.
any machine shop could carve you one from aluminum. or fill the hole and install a different one in another spot. my cockpit fills with water pretty effectively. :)
 
Alternatively, as I look after our club dinghies including Toppers, and they got damaged when bringing the ashore with the bailer down, I have used a brass hinge to repair them
 

joe c

banned
I see the parts for the 60 but not the 90. You got linky for that gasket kit? I'm looking for the one that seals between the chute and the body that's held in by the 10 or so small brass screws. Mines dry rotted and scored up from particulate. A new 90 chute would kick ass too.
 
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