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    Kez
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    Has anyone replaced their leaky black plastic (Super Shute?) self- bailers with Anderson’s?

    I understand from Hartleys that the holes through the hull have to be reduced in size to fit and whilst I can imagine a couple of ways to do this it would be good to hear from someone who has done it.

    I could imagine fixing a flat waxed blank on the outside of the hull (how?), then after grinding the inside hull surface inside of the self-bailer well (how?) then laying in a couple of pieces of cloth with epoxy on the waxed blank overlapping the bottom of the self-bailers well before cutting the new holes.

    How to not end up with a mess, a nice flat surface inside and a flush fit (Anderson bailers are designed for quite a thick hull construction)?

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    Kez
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    Obviously (?) I meant replacing them with the stainless steel SBs…

    #30466
    Kez
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    Ok I have looked at previous posts on the topic, there are quite a few but no one seems to have actually done the change from plastic Supershutes to stainless Andersen/Elvstrom.  Lots of references to the holes being too big, bolt-holes not lining up and Hartleys have come back to me today to say the job is quite difficult and should be done by a boatbuilder…  Hmmm.

    So, anyone?

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