Putting Ballast into a hollow keel
I have a 1983 30' (29'7") Atlantic/Prairie trawler which is 12,000 lbs.displacement. I just switched from a 43' 32,000 lb. deep keeled sailboat to this boat and the difference is considerable. I was wondering if anyone has placed additional ballast into the hollow keel of this boat? I have a flying bridge & the dink is carried high up to the bridge deck level and I think some additional ballast would make the boat steadier & smoother without hindering performance. Any thoughts?