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Re: Chester Yawl Conversi
Posted by Laszlo on Jan 7, 2007
A centerboard is a lateral plane used to counteract the sailboat's tendency to be blown sideways.
Ballast is simply mass used to counteract the boat's tendency to be blown over by lowering the boat's center of gravity. Not the same thing at all.
A heavy centerboard can act as ballast, but since internal ballast has no submerged lateral plane area, ballast can't act as a centerboard.
With enough ballast you may be able to submerge enough of the hull to get it to act as a lateral plane, but that'd be a real dog of a sailer and probably dangerous, too.
Look at a clip-on lee board, instead.
In Response to: Re: Chester Yawl Conversi by James Pallafox on Jan 7, 2007