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Rod Lawson

Hi Bud, I've noticed my W32 #723 sits quite high in the water despite having plenty of gear onboard and full tanks. There is probably too much weight up front in the anchor locker as the bobstay tang is just above the waterline. The aft however could definitely sit much lower (could sit 4" lower in the water) and I was wondering if there is any record of ballast for my W32 and whether it may be too light. The top of the upper rudder gudgeon is well and truly above the water line and compared to other W32's she sits well out of the water and doesn't seem to have that distinctive upward slope from the aft. Mine is one of the first of the newer rounded cabin tops and moulded stanchion bases and I wonder if there was some experimentation with lighter ballast. Maybe I just need to add some more water/fuel tanks in the engine bay. I'd appreciate any info.

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