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If you're not comfortable with walking on the walls and having anything (like a pencil) that you put down roll off overboard or onto the floor...You might want to rethink sailboats.

You can only balance a boat for one state, and the balance on a boat will be in constant change--never that one state. or hardly ever. So you trim it and ballast it for whatever is most common for you, and don't put any good cigars down near the rail.

You generally don't want to add lead to the boat, but rather relocate the heavy stuff low and midships as best you can, then shift whatever else to trim the boat.

It is normal for sailboats racing to shift the crew as live ballast, not just to or from the rail, but to bring weight forward or aft to trim the hull for conditions. Normally you'd trim the boat for normal sailing (i.e. "typical" crew in the cockpit, on the centerline) and however you keep your tanks. Some folks keep them full, others only fill them when needed--to keep the boat lighter and faster.
 
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