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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.