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post #6 of Old 05-25-2006
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I have an iron ballasted fiberglass encased boat (Alacrity, 1960s), and the years of moisture has caused the iron to expand and explode the fiberglass keels. So, yeah, lead would have been a much better idea (actually, they used both, 50/50). The boat is reparable, but only at considerable time and expense, which it may not get. As I shop for a new boat, lead or iron keel is my first question.
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