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hi guys do any of you stick extra ballast down in the bilge to make your boats a bit more stable i have only got a colvic seaworker  so i would think that it should not affect  my speed many thanks daio

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16 minutes ago, daio web said:

hi guys do any of you stick extra ballast down in the bilge to make your boats a bit more stable i have only got a colvic seaworker  so i would think that it should not affect  my speed many thanks daio

You really shouldn't need to. Try distributing weight already on the boat a bit better first. If not, then wakeboarding water ballast bags would do the job. Better than lead shot as water is neutral weight should you start to sink. 

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42 minutes ago, daio web said:

haha you should never joke about sinking will shift some gear about first 😂

It's not a joke mate. My point is, if your going to add weight then should the unthinkable ever happen, then having negative weight ballast could quite possibly buy you precious minutes to organise and abandon ship. 
Bags of water are very heavy, until put in water where the weight will be neutral. 
You could start with a few 20ltr plastic canisters. And when you find the correct weight required and position of said weight, then replace the canisters with a bag. 

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Have an ask on the Colvic group how far the gunwales should be from the water, this will give you an idea of what you can add depending if you are hightail or lowered than average 

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I use a wake board ballast bag to help mine sit down at the stern/up at the bow. My hull is designed to run bow up, so she likes a bit of weight in the stern.

Agree with @Saintly Fish on relocating existing weight first before adding any. I run two house batteries and a start battery, and I deliberately positioned the second house battery to the starboard side to give better side-to-side weight distribution.

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ive heard of people putting pig iron in colvics, but also stability can come from the bilge keels - not sure of your set up below the waterline but i've seen various shapes of bilge keel/skegs - the larger the surface area the less rolling side to side surely.

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58 minutes ago, mike farrants said:

ive heard of people putting pig iron in colvics, but also stability can come from the bilge keels - not sure of your set up below the waterline but i've seen various shapes of bilge keel/skegs - the larger the surface area the less rolling side to side surely.

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My one had metal ‘bricks’ laid all the way along  the bilge. 

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2 hours ago, JonC said:

My one had metal ‘bricks’ laid all the way along  the bilge. 

That is almost as bad as scaffold poles ! 🤣

Those metal bricks are called Ingot's 🙄

 

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2 hours ago, GPSguru said:

That is almost as bad as scaffold poles ! 🤣

Those metal bricks are called Ingot's 🙄

 

Thanks. I couldn’t think what the correct name was. 

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7 hours ago, JonC said:

My one had metal ‘bricks’ laid all the way along  the bilge. 

did you take all the ballast out our leave it in mate  i think mine is over the top it was like it when i bought it i was thinking could i remove it it must be useing more fuel 

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15 minutes ago, daio web said:

did you take all the ballast out our leave it in mate  i think mine is over the top it was like it when i bought it i was thinking could i remove it it must be useing more fuel 

I think maybe you should put some pictures up on the "show us yer boat" thread. Then we can all look and admire. 

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1 minute ago, Saintly Fish said:

I think maybe you should put some pictures up on the "show us yer boat" thread. Then we can all look and admire. 

i will do mate as soon as my son comes home for a weekend  

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6 minutes ago, daio web said:

 i havent got a scooby doo when it comes to computers

Well you'd should get him to leave you some written instructions for when he's away! Otherwise you won't ever have caught any fish. 
 

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2 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Well you'd should get him to leave you some written instructions for when he's away! Otherwise you won't ever have caught any fish. 
 

yeah will do budd 

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37 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Well you'd should get him to leave you some written instructions for when he's away!

Written instructions you say...?? 😉

 

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17 hours ago, daio web said:

did you take all the ballast out our leave it in mate  i think mine is over the top it was like it when i bought it i was thinking could i remove it it must be useing more fuel 

You would think, but if it needs the ballast to sit right, it may even use less

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