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Old 07-07-2016, 15:08   #16
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

Yep, having them secured is the plan.
We were looking for space to install holding tanks and moving the ballast would provide a nice space close to the head.... but now you all have me thinking ... and maybe I'll secure them where they lie with something like batons or screwed down cover and look for tankage in a different space.
Currently the shower drains into the bilge and I'm not happy with that...
...of course this is a "new to us" boat so I should really spend time living with it before messsing with things... but those tanks are a priority.
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Old 07-07-2016, 15:48   #17
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

Many people use slow epoxy mixed with sand. Not beach sand but river sand - you don't want any salt. The sand acts as a heat sink as large epoxy pours are exothermic as mentioned. The sand will also add structural integrity to the epoxy as resin by itself is brittle. I would also add just a smirdge of microfibers too.

The nice thing about sand is it doesn't thicken the epoxy too much so it can still be poured. Talc and other fillers like microfibers will thicken the epoxy and then it can't be poured.
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Old 07-07-2016, 17:07   #18
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

no more nails oil base caulk gun/fix them in place
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

I doubt you should relocate them, even if you do need them. Many ships are brought to their lines with ballast added in the correct places. It cant be that hard to just secure them in place where is. SS wire mesh comes to mind, aluminum angles... etc... a lot of options. Styrofoam blocks? Airbags?
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

[QUOTE=thinwater;2161536]But is there an alternative method of securing the lead?

Velcro?
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

Duct Tape?
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Old 07-07-2016, 18:56   #22
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Re: Epoxy slurry to bed ballast

Lol. Yep I'm of a firm mind just to leave them in place and baton them down (not in the least because this is an easy fix and one job less on the list) :-)
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