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Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       05-22-2014, 9:34 AM Reply   
So, the previous owner of my boat used bags of concrete mix wrapped in duct tape as ballast to suppliment bags.

I have never been a huge fan of this stuff, but he gave me his solid ballast and it was free with the boat, so why not take it.

It pretty much sat in my garage for the first season of owning my boat...




Over the winter, I had to remove my gas tank to access my rudder and replace the rudder packing rope. When I accessed under the gas tank, I noticed some "dead space" that was almost the exact size of the concrete bags. I figured a couple bags low in the corners couldn't hurt...



If anyone is local to the Portland/Vancouver area, I can hook you up with any of the 4 remaining bags of concrete mix...





So, I added one to each corner. They fit perfect. I think they weigh about 60 pounds each. So I can deal with 120 pounds of permenent ballast...


Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       05-22-2014, 9:38 AM Reply   
I have six 50lb bags of sand in pillow cases under my bow seats. 2100lbs of hidden ballast is fun. Sometimes you have to get creative to hide it all.

Last edited by brichter14; 05-22-2014 at 9:42 AM.
Old     (simplej)      Join Date: Sep 2011       05-22-2014, 10:09 AM Reply   
Just don't cross the border with those things, okay?
Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       05-22-2014, 10:12 AM Reply   
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Just don't cross the border with those things, okay?
LOLOL!!!

Yeah, I guess they would look a little suspicious!
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-22-2014, 10:24 AM Reply   
DEA is going to be all over this thread LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       05-22-2014, 10:29 AM Reply   
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DEA is going to be all over this thread LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I always launch in WA and go across the Columbia River into OR...

I'm in big trouble!
Old    L W (501s)      Join Date: Feb 2010       05-22-2014, 10:33 AM Reply   
Last year we bought a bunch of scrap lead, melted in a turkey deep fryer and poured it into bead pans, making "Lead Bricks". Worked great. Coated them in a rubber rocker guard and then a layer of clear coat on top.

I have about 600lbs throughout the boat. Hardly takes up an space. Each brick is about 25lbs.
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Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       05-22-2014, 10:50 AM Reply   
I run 200lbs of Lead Wake bags, either port side on the nose depending on what we are doing. Plenty of water ballast too.
Old    Dennis Costa (dejoeco)      Join Date: Apr 2003       05-22-2014, 11:17 AM Reply   
I don't have a picture but I have quite a few 25 and 45 pound weights from a dead lift set. I puth them in a plastic bag and then wrap in Water resistant tape. They are pretty thin and lie flat, making them easy to hide in the boat,

Whwen we used to wakeboard I had several 1lb gas cans filled with lead shot. Easy to move and balance out the wake.
Old    William Burell (williamburell)      Join Date: Sep 2011       05-22-2014, 11:19 AM Reply   
I don't run any ballast and my boat is in constant supply of cookies. Rookies with your lead

Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       05-22-2014, 2:39 PM Reply   
^^^^^^^^^^ AHHHHH My eyes!!!!!!!! make it stop.
Old    Trayson Harmon (trayson)      Join Date: May 2013       05-22-2014, 2:40 PM Reply   
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Last year we bought a bunch of scrap lead, melted in a turkey deep fryer and poured it into bead pans, making "Lead Bricks". Worked great. Coated them in a rubber rocker guard and then a layer of clear coat on top.

I have about 600lbs throughout the boat. Hardly takes up an space. Each brick is about 25lbs.
Very cool. DIY for sure.

Damn, lead sure is the solid weight of choice. it's amazing how heavy it is for its size.
Old    Surf Addict (Desi) (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       05-22-2014, 10:38 PM Reply   
The scrap lead and custom weights and sizes is a pretty cool idea. It looks like scrap lead is going for about $1/lb nowadays, for that price you can get more for your money just buying a bunch of pop bags and those would be easier to place around everywhere since they're flexible.
I guess if you ran across some locally for cheap/free it'd be a good DIY though.

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