- Sep 6, 2005I found it helped a lot when we installed a 2nd battery -- I put both
batteries in the most forward access port of the v-berth. Helped
reduce weather helm, etc. I'd like to add a permenant water tank
there as well, again keeping the weight forward and low.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "eo_ant" <eric@h...>
> The weight in you bow does not sound like it was concentrated as low
> as possible like a sand bag would be on or under the V berth.
> Have you tried sailing without water in your ballast tank in light
> winds? Without water in the ballast tank the motor, fuel, and human
> ballast in the cockpit becomes a lot bigger portion of the total
> weight. Having some weight forward helps to balance the fore and aft
> weight distribution. Having it low helps in the same way filling the
> ballast tank does.
> --- In email@example.com, "Ron Buckles"
> <ronbuckles@y...> wrote:
> > We found the v-berth be useless unless you have kids that need a
> > place to sleep. So we put the v-berth cushions into stoage and
> > a net across the opening. In went everything: sails, storm gear,
> > sleeping bags, etc., etc. (See in photos, under 'Ron's SeaKerr'.)
> > This extra weight helped in the trailering, but I did not realize
> > that it helped in light wind.
> > Ron
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