The Urban Oarsman makes Bailers

                                                                  The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The Urban Oarsman Makes Bailers for Gwragedd Annwn from plastic 1gal. bleach bottle jugs

 

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The Urban Oarsman will turn this ordinary 1 gal. plastic jug…

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

From  recycleable plastic trash…

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

To a bailer capable of saving your boat.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Or drenching your enemies  with untold gallons during a water fight.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Typical plastic 1gal jug.  Quite often you can find them in laundromats.  I get my plastic jugs from work, ask the janitors, many cleaning products come in them.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

To turn this ordinary plastic jug into a bailer extraordinaire, follow these steps:

1-Make a template for the mouth of the bailer:

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Fold a letter size piece of paper in half.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Fold into half again.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Draw a smooth curve approximately 6″ tall and 4″ inches wide.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Cut out the template.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Unfold the template.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Finished Template for the bailer mouth.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Take your jug.  find the seam that runs along the handle.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Make sure that the handle is big enough for your hand to fit.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Mark the bottom mold line

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Determine how far from the handle you want the mouth of your bailer.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Close-up shot of the mold line/seam.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Put template on jug, aligning the centre fold with the mold line/seam.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Trace the curve onto the jug.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Bailer mouth lines traced onto the jug.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

There is usually a smooth curve from the Bailer mouth line to the jug bottom seam line.  Here I am using a “toonie” to draw the line.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The resulting “toonie” curve drawn in.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

You do not have to use something to get your curved line.  Here I drew it freehand.

 

Another way is to cut off the bottom of the plastic jug and use it as a template to draw your bailer mouth curve.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Cutting off the jug bottom.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Carefully poke the scissors into the jug and cut the bottom off.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Try as much as possible to follow the mold line.  If you leave any of the mold line behind, the bailer will not work as well as it should.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Almost cut off.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

I will trim the cut edge so that it is smooth and there is not mold line edge left.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Using the bottom of the jug as a template for the bailer mouth line.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Drawing the bailer mouth line freehand.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

If I am making these at work, I will do all the cuts freehand.  After a couple of hundred, you tend to “get the song in your head” and can crank them out quickly.

I am a member of the Hollyburn Sailing Club.  The club runs a sailing school in the summer.  I make enough bailers for the entire fleet for the summer training season.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Actually, I make enough for every member of the club to have one in their boat too.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

If you do not have a bailer (as required by law), if you drop by the club, I am sure that we could spare one for you too.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

You never know, a bailer could come in handy some day.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Ready for cutting.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

A quick snip with the scissors.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Following the line.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

It takes longer when you are trying to get pictures of the cutting.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Note that I have yet to remove the “flash” line from the side opposite on the jug. The “flash” line on the underside of the handle is visible too.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Bailer mouth piece cut out.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Drawing the curves for the side of the mouth.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Most of the times I just eyeball the curve.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Time to cut the curves.  I will smooth out the bailer mouth cut out and the bottom cut.  Any lumps or real unevenness will prevent the bailer lip from following the curve of the bilge and scooping up most of the water.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Finishing the cut.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Smoothing out all of the cuts.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Still have the bottom cut to smooth out.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The finished Bailer.  I outlined the edges in black to make them more visible.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The freehand curve Bailer.  Note that the mouth cut is relatively shallow.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The toonie curve Bailer.  The mouth on this bailer is relatively deep.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The cap curve Bailer.  The mouth cut for this one is of average depth.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

The deeper you make the bailer mouth cut, the more flexible the leading edge of the bailer becomes.  It can usually get the last bits of water better with a deep mouth bailer, but the deep mouth bailer is not as strong as a shallow mouth one.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Comparison of Bailer mouth depths.  I usually have two bailers in Gwragedd Annwn.  Just in case I break one.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

“Flash” on a plastic jug neck.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

“Flash” in the handle.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

More “flash”.  “Flash” is caused by the molds used not fitting together perfectly.  It is annoying and can cut your hands when they are wet and soft.  You should remove the flash.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

I cut and scrape it off with my pocket knife.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Some times I use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the seam out.

The Urban Oarsman makes bailers

Almost done.  Another Bailer ready for action (bailing).

Urban Oarsman

Happy rowing in a dry boat.

Mike

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