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The process of emptying out water from the bottom of a boat or small vessel. The term implies that this is done by hand, not by mechanical means. Originally, a boat was bailed out with a bail, an old term for a bucket, but the modern word is a bailer. This is generally a plastic scoop with a handle which enables the water to be thrown out more rapidly than with a bucket.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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