Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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My model of boat is known to be stern heavy. To correct it I have 300 lb. of pea pebbles under the V-berth in the bow.
Do not underestimate how important this can be. It can have a large impact on weather helm because it affects your mast rake. On my boat it was critical to fix the problem because the bow hatch leaks if the boat does not rest on her lines. The gutters around the hatch are designed to slope very slightly forward so rainwater drains into and through the anchor locker. If the bow is even an inch higher than the stern, the water will drain the wrong way, fill the gutter, and eventually leak into the cabin no matter how tightly you seal it.
Other boats are different, and larger boats are harder to adjust, but on small boats a little bit of ballast can have a lot of influence.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)