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Ballast/keel Question

Hello: I have a question. I have a Cal 2 25 that I recently bought. It has 2000 lbs of ballast and a fin keel. Is the keel 2000lbs?? Or is the ballast in the bottom of the boat or is there like 1500lbs of lead in the bottom of the boat and the keel is 500 lbs?? I've owned several boats and always just figured that the keel was ll the ballast but now It just hit me that I really don't know...ANY INPUT APPRECIATED.
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EXTRA CREDIT QUESTION: WHY DOES LBS MEAN POUNDS??? WHAT ABOUT THE LETTERS L B S = POUNDS?????

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Bonus question first.... LBS comes from the latin Librum, a weight unit used on their scales (Libra)

Secondly all the ballast will be in your fin keel,ie, the keel weighs the 2000 pounds (or 910 kilograms, if you prefer!)

Some race boats were built with hull ballast as well as keel weight, but not your Cal.

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