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Re: More ballast
I can understand your point. If you think of the boat as a fulcrum and lever, if he's putting the weight at/near the DWL height, he is essentially putting the weight over the fulcrum, where it won't do much good. Putting that weight farther out on either "arm" of the lever (e.g., putting it in/near the bilge) would be more effective. That makes a lot of sense to me when you're looking at counteracting heeling.
But what about the idea of simply adding mass to the boat? Won't that increase the inertia of the boat, which would make it less susceptable to things like small-height chop, or the wakes from passing motorboats? I can see where having the weight lower in the boat would also help with this kind of stability, too (essentially fore/aft rather than lateral), but wouldn't the added mass, in general, help change the boat's characteristics in this regard?
Sorry, if this I'm missing something fundamental. I'm an electrical engineer, not mechanical or Naval Architect, and haven't been around sailboats long enough to have played with these kinds of things, either.
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