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Old 22-11-2019, 09:31   #1
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Purchase Lead weights where? options?

I need to add some weight to the boat and want to use lead ingots..or something similar. where are these available cheap...
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Old 22-11-2019, 15:16   #2
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Re: Purchase Lead weights where? options?

Check other recent threads - somebody was asking how to get rid of old rusty chain - maybe you could make a deal ...
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Old 22-11-2019, 15:26   #3
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Where are you located?
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Old 22-11-2019, 15:42   #4
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Re: Purchase Lead weights where? options?

To counter balance for the addition of a generator that sits well to starboard from the center line of the boat I bought lead shot (for shotgun shell reloading). It comes in cloth bags and we made bags out of heavy vinyl, put the cloth bags inside them and and sewed them shut. About 35 pounds per bag and we carry 7.
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Old 22-11-2019, 16:38   #5
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Lead?


Add a battery!
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Old 22-11-2019, 17:09   #6
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Re: Purchase Lead weights where? options?

Depending on where you are located you might be able to get lead at a scrap yard less than half price of anywhere else.


I got some at about 20 cents on the dollar for a keel mod years ago.
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Old 22-11-2019, 19:46   #7
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My auto mechanic collected a 5 gallon bucket of wheel weights very quickly at my request. I melted these into ingots.
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Old 22-11-2019, 19:57   #8
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I used to buy lead products from Lead Enterprises in Miami. They sell ingots for ballast.
https://leadenterprises.com/
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Old 22-11-2019, 20:15   #9
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I once found large bricks made of spent lead bullets encased in resin in a Capri, they even had Frank Butler's business card as a label, must have been made at the factory. An indoor pistol range must shovel them out by the wheelbarrow.
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Old 22-11-2019, 22:43   #10
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Call a local elevator shop.

My son is an elevator mechanic...... I had him get me old counter weights from one of his jobs...... 3 nice slabs of steel about 3” * 10” * 3’. Very heavy..... I am going to cut them into smaller pieces and glass them in to level my boat once generator goes back in.
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Sacks of dry washed sand Available at big box stores inside heavy bag of old sail cloth inside a burlap sack to avoid chafe . About 60# a shot very cheap and no point loads on the hull . Build a loose ply wood corral so they get air but cannot move . Works well and removable . Mike Pope
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Need a lot of room for significant sand bag weight....
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Wheel weights are now zinc
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Old 23-11-2019, 16:29   #14
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I used lead shot in bags. Once I achieve the balance I wanted, mixed with resin and made it permanent to avoid shifting and encapsulated to keep the lead from leaching.

Try zipmetals.com
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Re: Purchase Lead weights where? options?

pwilletts...
I still have about 2000 pounds of lead keel left, could be cut into whatever shape you need but you need to be within driving distance, I sold quite a bit to people wanting to cast their own bullets, usually in 40-50 lb chunks.
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