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post #4 of Old 03-06-2002
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Water Ballast/Manufacturer

A lot of manufacturers make water ballasted boats; Hunter, Catalina, MacGregor, Schock to name a few. Like many things in sailing water ballast is a compromise. It makes the boat a little lighter for towing but comes with the high price of sailing performance and overall safety. Also while it works OK for boats that are actually trailered all of the time, there can be serious problems with fouling in the tank of a boat that is left in the water that can result in really awful odors.

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