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Anthony Gonzalez

Hello Bud, I'm quite concerned about the way my 32 seems very stern heavy. I just came back from the shipyard after a new awlgrip job and bottom job and had the waterline raised two inches. The bow sits high up out of the water and the stern squats to the point where the water meets the painted waterline. I don't have any chain in the chain locker or anchors on the sprit and realize how this can affect the trim but the way she sits stern heavy seems a bit excessive. The tankage all remains in the stock locations and the fuel tanks may be at 1/4. I only have two golf cart batteries in the engine compartment. I have a perkins 4107 which is not as heavy as the original volvo. When I am under half power or more the stern squats badly putting the boot stripe well in the water and the exhaust thru hull under water. It seems like she squats more than she did before the shipyard work over. I noticed that another W32 in my marina sits in the water somewhat like mine does. That W32 has all it's associated ground tackle on the bow. There's another one close by that sits on her waterline correctly. I'm wondering if this is a common problem. Do you think I might have water in the keel if the ballast was not properly sealed? What are your recommendations. Your insight would be greatly appreciated.

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