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Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:11pm

Post Subject: How much ballast is needed?

I posted a question last week about the list on my boat and having taken the floor up the findings were not good - lots of water, rot and rust. Its open and drying now. Even with most of the water out the boat was still listing a bit, so I've added some more ballast to keep the boat level. However, while the floorboards are up could I take some of the paving slabs out from the low side instead of adding extra ballast to the high side to level the boat out.


Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:10am

Post Subject: How much ballast is needed?

I can see no reason why not as long as the loss of weight does not allow the stern to rise so the uxter (swim) plate comes closer than about a inch to the surface. If it does the prop may suck air at time an lose drive. I would also try to ensure the remaining ballast can not slide sideways. Otherwise a good bump or an impromptu hang up in a lock may allow it to move under the floor. I suspect, if needed, you could wedge it with treated timber. Tony Brooks

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