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Self bailer

Post by gbraker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:47 am

Isn't there supposed to be a small hole at the top of the casting to prevent siphoning when the boat is stopped? If so how large should it be?

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Re: Self bailer

Post by Bilge Rat » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:04 pm

Any of the self-bailers I have seen have a hole at the top of the loop. Looks a bit less than 1/8" but I never measured it.
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Re: Self bailer

Post by gbraker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:09 pm

That's what I thought but I ran across someone who insists that there is no hole. Maybe they initially didn't have holes and later changed when a few boats sank. I don't know how old the boat is.

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Re: Self bailer

Post by Captain Nemo » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:48 pm

Yes, they should have a hole right at the top. It acts as a siphon break. It's pretty small, never measured either. Should be checked periodically to make sure the hole is clear.
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Re: Self bailer

Post by gbraker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:57 pm

Someone said that they didn't have the siphon break hole on pre war boats.

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Re: Self bailer

Post by krrs » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:05 pm

Are most people leaving the self bailer on the boat or removing them and plugging the hole. Do they work well?

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Re: Self bailer

Post by Captain Nemo » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:11 pm

Depends who you talk to. I've always had good luck w/ them. They work well IMO.
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Re: Self bailer

Post by drrot » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:38 pm

1/16". If you plug it and it is siphoning when you stop moving it starts filling the boat up. Been there :(
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