Anyone who has ever been aboard any type of watercraft probably thought, "What if we start to sink?" It is a natural human reaction to having your well being dependent upon the worthiness of your vessel. The prudent way to quell these fears of sinking is to have a plan for the worst case scenario. Should the boat begin to take on water, a boat bailer is the first tool any boater should reach for. A boat bailer? Not a bail bondsman for getting you out of jail. This device will get you out of trouble of another kind. Yes, a boat bailer used to remove, or bail, water out of a sinking watercraft is an essential tool on any boat. They can be purchased for a few dollars up to thousands of dollars for the top of the line bilge pump systems. But, why spend your hard earned money when you can make a boat bailer out of regular household items. Here's how.
The easiest boat bailer to make consists of a one gallon plastic jug, cut in half along a horizontal line below the handle. One gallon milk jugs are the most common plastic bottles used to make a boat bailer, but other types of plastic bottles will work just as well. Discard the lower half of the jug and use the upper half with the handle and spout. It is a good idea to use this end of the jug because the handle makes it easy to bail water out of a sinking boat rapidly and is a good point to tie one end of a string to and the other end to the boat. This will ensure that the bailer does not float away in the event of heavy seas while taking on water. Just make sure that you don't throw away the screw-on top! Without it, your bailer will not bail water from your boat very well.
Making a boat bailer is a good way to participate in the act of keeping your sea going vessel off of the bottom of the sea. Also, some consider a boat bailer to be a small insurance policy against a sinking boat. Considering you can make a boat bailer from items that would otherwise end up in a landfill, its cost is tiny. Not only are you saving the environment, you are creating a useful tool that could save your life.