Chandlery November 2007 Issue

For the Multi-tasker: Bridgenorth Bailer

Boat hook/deck brush/hand pump gets those hard-to-reach places.

The Bridgenorth Bailer is a combination hand-pump, telescoping boat hook, and deck brush, but it has more than three uses. As a boat hook, it is—as Dr. Evil says—pretty standard, really. The hook tip is smaller than many, but stout, and will work to snag lines and pendants up to about 3/4 of an inch. The tip of the hook has the intake/discharge hole for the pump, and can be fitted into the deck brush. Unlike a typical boat pump like the Beckson Thirsty-Mate, the Bridgenorth has no flow-through valve for a separate discharge—you push out what you pull in through the same hole, so it’s not meant for serious de-bailing. Instead, the first purpose of the Bridgenorth is to suck water out of hard-to-reach places like the catacombs of the bilge, a dinghy skeg well, or under floorboards. The second is clean-water squirting. The volume is not great, but the pressure is excellent. It’s ideal for spot [IMGCAP(2)]rinse-offs, and with the brush attached, decks can be scrubbed without hauling around a bucket or hose.

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