Self Bailer

  • Sally Richardson
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12 Oct 2008 17:26 #20370 by Sally Richardson
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My self bailer has started to leak. Metal type and when closed I can see the water oozing up the middle. I assume the seal may have gone (old boat, fitted at least 30 years ago). Is this an easy job? Any pitfalls?

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13 Oct 2008 13:03 #16259 by Roger Clark
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If it is a known brand of self bailer (e.g. Elvstrom) you should be able to get a seal kit quite easily. You will need to know the model or take a few measurements. It should not be too difficult to fit, usually a few bolts.

If no seal kit is available then you can make a replacement using the existing one as a template. Use a piece of rubber centreboard seal, should be available from a local chandlers. Carefully cut to shape and use a hole punch (as per the type for putting holes in belts) to make tight fitting holes for the bolts.

You might like to try an old trick to seal a leaking self bailer, use some waterproof/underwater grease on the seal. This is not a permanent solution but means you can choose when to replace the seal.

Roger Clark
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Edited by - Roger Clark on 13 October 2008 14:06:00

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14 Oct 2008 07:06 #16260 by Sally Richardson
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Many thanks Roger, that's brilliant.

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