The Eastward Ho series of boats were built by the CE Ryder boat building company out of Rhode Island. They were well known for building several other better known lines of boats, including the Southern Crosses, the SeaSprites, as well as the Eastward Hos.
Many of the boats they made were built using a heavy airex-cored laminate for the hulls and deck. I'd point out that many of the CE Ryder boats were assembled, but were then sold and the interiors were owner-finished.
I don't know about the ballast, but IIRC, the Eastward Ho series of boats were twin keelers.
CE Ryder's basic construction is pretty robust IMHO, and their boats, like the SeaSprites and the Southern Crosses, have proven themselves very seaworthy over the years.
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