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Ballasting: the numbers

The displacement of the Hunter 25.5 is 4500 lbs, keel weight is 1800 lbs, and draft is 4.5 ft. That suggests a ballast to weight ratio of 0.4, which sounds high to me at first glance. Do such numbers suggest any certainty that there will be significant reduction of heeling with the addition of, say anywhere from 120 to 180 lbs. of ballast in the bilge?
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Rather than play with the design I think you're better off to adapt to the boat's characteristics and reef a bit sooner. I really don't think that a couple of hundred pounds is going to make a seriously noticeable difference in how this boat handles. Do you sense a difference when the water tank is full vs empty?

By today's standards a 40% ballast ratio is pretty good. Smart handling, steering and sail selection will go a long ways to dealing with your 'problem'.


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Try the ballast. It's a cheap, easy solution. I've had success with small changes. A couple of gallon bottles in the bottom of a sailing canoe makes a big difference. Even moving the anchor and chain off the cabin top made a difference.
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