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lead in bow

Hi all, I have a 1977 32ft Islander I just bought and I am trying to get ready to go sailing, I found a few hundred pounds of lead in the bow, has anyone else done something like that? and if so why. Thanks lpye
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Re: lead in bow

The only reason to do this is to try and correct a persistant trim problem. It is hugely prefered to get rid of weight in the transom or at least move it forward over adding deadweight.
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Re: lead in bow

I would have to agree with the earlier comment. Placing weight in the bow of a boat does nothing good for the sailing ability of the boat. I can only conjecture on why it was done. The possibilities would include:
-The boat was manufactured so that she sat down in the stern.
-More weight was carried in the stern than the design anticipated. This may may have been purposeful such as dding additional batteries or another water tank, but could also include a set of counter-productive multi-owner decisions. For example, one owner added a chain anchor rode so the boat sat down in the bow. That owner added weight in the stern to get the boat to sit on her lines. The next owner eliminated the chain rode and the boat sat bow up. But that owner did not realize that the weight had been added near the stern and so added weight in the bow.
-The boat was raced under the IOR rule and so was weighted down in the bow to get a better rating.
-Some owner fell pray to the erroneous myth that adding weight in the bow would improve pitching motion. (It doesn't)

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Re: lead in bow

Investment in Lead? You can get ~$0.50/lb for scrap lead. Ingots sell for about $2/lb
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Re: lead in bow

Could be a PO added tankage (fuel or water at 64# per cubic foot) aft, or added batteries aft, and thought they'd balance that out by adding lead up front.

If the trim is level now, assuming a boot stripe wasn't diddled to make it look level, you might want to consider what could be moved or removed to keep it level, assuming you're going to get the lead out.

Islanders generally were properly trimmed and balanced as built, so there's no way that lead is "normal".
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No comment unless I know what the boat is.
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No comment unless I know what the boat is.
What, you don't believe him when the OP starts the first post by saying "Hi all, I have a 1977 32ft Islander " ?


Its Friday. Get a tumbler, some rocks, and a nice bottle of single malt. Things will get better soon.
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What, you don't believe him when the OP starts the first post by saying "Hi all, I have a 1977 32ft Islander " ?


Its Friday. Get a tumbler, some rocks, and a nice bottle of single malt. Things will get better soon.
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Re: lead in bow

Spiced rum ?!

Next you'll be asking for fruit slices and those little umbrellas...I guess we'll have to keep you in the tiki bars to prevent embarrassment.


On the bright side, at least you won't be competing for the Gosling's. Or the whiskey. (VBG)
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