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Dave Barker

Hi Dave,

The bailers on Cockle are pretty stiff, and the angle for your hand is less than ideal because of the relative locations of the bailer and the floorboard hole. However I wouldn’t say that they are anything more than a minor nuisance, and we use them pretty much every time we sail.

Having said that I had the opportunity to use some new bailers of a different type last week on a different boat and they were a revelation; smooth, positive and drawing lots of water at moderate boat speed, even upwind. (I’ll have to find out what sort they were).

It’s just such a hassle to contemplate changing them, but if mine were as bad as yours sound I would be seriously considering doing so.