Post by paulmeyer80 on May 21, 2010 17:42:27 GMT -5
I'm looking at buying a 23' Balboa (1981) sailboat for $1900. The boat looks really clean and well kept inside and okay for its age. I know its going to need all new rigging because it hasn't been done for a long time.
I found this is the V berthing area under the boards. the current owner said he bought it with it just like this and left it.
anyone know what it is? i don't see any cracks or holes on the bottom or inside. it looks like rusty metal/fiberglass pellets. can it be removed? should i fill something over it?
Post by irishsailor on Apr 7, 2014 19:05:01 GMT -5
Best thought and guess??? Many boats handle better, especially upwind, if they have some weight forward. Someone?? most likely added a little "ballast". Iron is cheaper than lead and was therefore used ?? In the past, I did the same, except used large plastic laundry detergent bottles filled with water (8# per gallon. Three or four up front under the V berth made a big difference in handling ability.
just about the only reason anyone would put heavy pellets in the bow would be for Ballast , once had a family owned Schooner that had 72 bags of wet cement in the lower keel sect. and a lead lined keel exterior, the boat drew 13 ft of water and fortunately was lost during a hurricane on the texas coast back in 65. It was an austrailian built schooner named the OSPREY. ugly outside but a work of art in wood inside