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Old 18 March 2005, 15:54   #21
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Originally Posted by Searider
Agree with that - but we're talking about an 8m boat with twin 150hp Optis (263kg each ?) - should this not have been considered by the competent designer / naval Architect / etc - refer to other thread
Hi searider,
the option of water ballast was indeed discussed but as the boat was theoretically to run as a charter vessel mainly full up I rather cautiously decided to economise in this area and spend in others.
The builders and I discussed the various options for light crew handling and since this was percieved to be a fairly rare occurance I decided shot was the way forward and also retained the area where the tank would have been for stowage etc.
Since the build I have taken it out 2 up and 4 up (3 up front is the magic number)but discovered that the boat is fantastic so as a result the whole issue of ballast came up again.
Good news here I was put in touch with a company who will supply 12.5 kilo bags so 4 per locker up front and who package it so well it can be unloaded as required. The lockers were extra strong to take this weight and the volume is minor so only a4 jiffy bag sized packages are needed. resulting in less than 4 inches loss in depth to each one.

Thanks for you input everyone, this has been one of those why didn't I spend it at the time sort of things

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Old 18 March 2005, 16:14   #22
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Originally Posted by mike
....... this has been one of those why didn't I spend it at the time sort of things

Been there...done that... glad I ain't alone..

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