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Lead 'boot' - yes/no?

One additional question and then I will go in a corner and think!

I am 'considering' adding a lead 'boot' to the bottom of my fin keel; this would serve as a sacrificial element protecting my fiberglass keel with internal balast and would provide additional righting moment that would help 'stand up' the boat. I am looking at an additional 500# on a 12000# sailboat with a current ballast of 4000#.

I have, however, read that standing a boat up with additional balast is a good thing in strong winds, it is detrimental to the performance in light winds. I'm confused - I thought that standing up a sailboat was a good idea. Good/bad - Yes/No - Why?
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