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@Colin Parkstone wrote:

Rob Hi,
I would say NOT to use the Super Shute bailers on a boat which is moored on the water.
They do not work well and do leak water but the plastic is safer to the hands.
I have heard from many people that they have trouble with them and the Elvstrom bailer is worth the money by far and that is what I have found for many years of use in all my boats.
My new boat comes this sunday and I have had Elvstrom fitted from the start and will take the chance with them being hard on the hands.

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Andersen/Elvestrom bailers have arrived, but they don’t really fit- life is never easy eh. I can’t get more than one bolt hole to line up. Best I can see myself doing would be drilling new holes- which will be very close to the edge of the cutout left by the larger Super Shute- and then relying on a bit of sikaflex as backup. I would also be left with a gap between the cutout and the protuding part of the bailer- again due to the cutout being too large. This gap will presmably not be good for speed! Sikaflex could fill it in but leave a rubbery surface. Gelcoat filler would leave a better finish but I can’t see it staying there, as it would mostly be trying to stick to the stainless steel of the bailer.

All in all, it doesn’t really look like it will work. So plan B would be to fabricate a thin stainless plate which would bridge the gap- i.e. it would have bolt holes at the wider spacings to suit the super-shute, but would also have the correct spacings for the Andersen. It would provide a secure mounting, but still leave me with the gap between the bailer and the cutout. It would also introduce a new problem, that the bailer would be having to deal with additional thickness, and would now be somewhat recessed into the hull.

Plan C would be to glass over the whole area and start afresh, with the correct sizes cutout and correctly spaced bolt holes, but again this introduces problems, as the hull would now be too thick and I would need longer bolts and would end up with the bailer significantly recessed into the hull. Aargh!

So, given all of the above, just how bad are the Super-Shutes? I got my Andersens from SailSport (who, by the way, were excellent to deal with, free delivery, good prices, dispatched same day) and I have seven days to return them, so have to do something quite soon.

P.S. Colin, how is the new boat?