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Rob and Janet Sutton

Hello Bud,

Say, did all kits produced by the factory include the ballast in place? Particularly the steel punching ballast on those that were installed?

On our WSSK60 kit that we are cleaning out, we discovered delamination on the plywood fiberglass covering. I cut a few holes in the top and found it filled with water.

According to the construction manual, punchings and resin were layered on each other till 11,000 lbs was installed. Was the resin laid good enough to 'seal' the layers, or simply to hold it in place?

Would I find the entire ballast filled with water? (my guess is 'yes').

Also, if I wanted to replace the punching ballast with solid lead ballast, how difficult would it be to clean out the punchings? (our deck is not bonded).

Thanks for your help Bud!

Rob and Janet

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