Re: newbie... bought a 70's Sidewinder in really nice shape... any parts available ??
Cool looking boat. Looks fast! If you could post a picture of the self-bailer, that might help. However, I would just go ahead and go sailing with it the way it is. Bring a small bucket tied to something on the boat. The Sidewinder has lots of floatation foam, so, you might be able to right it after a capsize w/o getting much water in the cockpit.