Weights and Measures - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 10-12-2012 Thread Starter
Lost at Si!
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Travel 365
Posts: 45
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Weights and Measures

I'm not sure where this question belongs but I'll start with "general". There is quite a bit of lead weight in the back of my boat near the rudder post or sleeve. I am guessing they are some sort of factory ballast. As we are live aboard cruisers the amount of added on weight is incredible when I start to think about it. Dingy, davit, outboard 4 scuba tanks, extra propane, my wifes shoes. It goes on and on. If they are just ballast could I leave them in storage. Even if their location, which is low in the back is an issue, It would be easy to move some heavy stuff back there. I've added over 200 pounds down there in fuel alone (I am aware that is somewhat temporary). Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance
lostatsi is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 10-12-2012
Senior Member
 
paulk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,609
Thanks: 4
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
Re: Weights and Measures

Does she float on her lines now, or is she down? Weight down low under the waterline is preferable for maintaining stability. (A new book just came out on the Swedish warship Wasa, which capsized and sank on her maiden voyage because she was topheavy. You don't want that happening to you.) Removing the lead may work OK if you can store tanks and heavy materials down low. Having the weight spread out over the length of the boat,(anchors, rollers & chain forward, tanks midships, and dinghy,davits, tanks, compressor & generator aft) tends to increase pitching more than when weight is concentrated in one spot (like in a fin keel or bulb). When balanced with the proper hull shape the pitching with weight spread out may be easy and regular: seakindly. Fin-keelers are better known for offering a stiff, bumpy, hold-on-with-both-hands ride. What you do depends a bit on what you're looking for in your boat.
paulk is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 10-12-2012 Thread Starter
Lost at Si!
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Travel 365
Posts: 45
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Weights and Measures

Paulk
Theres no doubt she sets lower than when we first got her. Soooo much stuff when you live aboard. I even raised the paint a touch when we repainted the bottom. I've kept the weight as even as I can and as low as possible. There is probably 75 pounds of lead back there and not counting the extra 45 gallons of fuel which I located back there it just seems it might be wise to remove the lead. I realize that as the fuel leaves so does the weight but I have other items that could go there.
Are these Strictly there for ballast or do they serve some other function I'm not aware of?
lostatsi is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 10-12-2012
Senior Moment Member
 
SloopJonB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Vancouver B.C.
Posts: 11,611
Thanks: 60
Thanked 72 Times in 69 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Weights and Measures

Sounds like trimming ballast to me. Pull it out and see what happens would be my course of action.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
SloopJonB is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 10-13-2012
grumpy old man
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 4,342
Thanks: 1
Thanked 105 Times in 101 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Weights and Measures

Take that ballast out and see what happens. It's not good to be carrying weight in the stern. I doubt that 75 lbs. is significant to your fore and aft trim.

Please visit my blog. It's fun to read.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Bob's Blog ....

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Please also visit my new web site
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bobperry is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Security Measures at Anchor youmeandthed General Discussion (sailing related) 7 05-27-2012 10:39 AM
Safety measures required Apoorv82 Cruising and Sailing with Children 6 05-03-2012 10:41 PM
BP Oil Spill Measures svHyLyte General Discussion (sailing related) 1 05-06-2010 04:36 PM
Specs and Measures dakuehn General Discussion (sailing related) 3 09-30-2006 03:25 PM
Spring Safety Measures John Rousmaniere Seamanship Articles 0 05-10-2001 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome