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Re: additional potable water tank location
Time to start doing a bit of math - no need to go extreme, but you should at least do a rudimentary weight and balance to get a feel for your loading.
I wouldn't get obsessed about sailing on her lines, but you should at least have an idea of how you are changing her floatation.
We once put 400 lbs in a 9,000 lbs boat a 'bit aft' of what we guessed was center of floatation - it lowered the stern by 2" and raised the bow by a lot, boat appeared to be popping a wheelie. Why - Center of floatation was significantly foreward of our guess.
Clarification .... my use of "lines" was probably not strictly correct. I was really talking about balance fore and aft, so yes flotation is probably a better term to use.
I don't think hobby horsing is likely to be a major issue but as WDS says, get that weight distribution wrong and you will have her down in the stern which apart from any performance issues simply looks bad.
(Reality is most cruising boats of small to moderate size will inevitably be down on their lines.)
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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― Terry Pratchett.
Last edited by tdw; 08-07-2012 at 08:44 PM.