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post #54 of Old 03-29-2011
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A thought regarding weight aloft: Permanent weight aloft will slow roll due to inertia at the masthead, but will also cause more heeling. If you really want it in a particular situation, it is easy to hoist a weight aloft. Another alternative would be to put a section of PVC pipe inside the mast at the top, and provide to pump water aloft when needed. This would be aerodynamically clean, lightweight when not needed, and much more socially acceptable than hoisting a nervous passenger up the mast in a storm.
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