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jeremyfloy
jeremyfloy

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:09am

Post Subject: Ballasting

Does anyone know where I can obtain pig iron or equivalent for ballasting a 45' narrow boat. I have heard rumours that there is someone who advertises cut up railway lines from time to time but have not been able to find any details of the supplier. If no suggestions for pig iron, can you advise which is the better of the two commonly used alternatives - concrete paving slabs, or engineering bricks ("blue bricks")?

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:27pm

Post Subject: Ballasting

The steel company who advertise is Mann Buck metals and their contact is Telephone 01277 364344. Engineering bricks are supposed to absorb less water than paving slabs so are often said to be the best ballast. However paving slabs will be cheaper and as long as you stand them on strips of plastic, insulated cable or tile spacers so air can get underneath them a "dry" accommodation bilge boat should have few problems. The real no-nos are poured concrete (because it is impossible to remove) and sand/ballast because it definitely holds water. Some people treat their bilges with Waxol before laying ballast. Tony Brooks

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