Having read about these pretty gaff cutters I decided I would like one for my next boat.
Everything I have read about the specification indicates they are ballasted with 2.5 tons encapsulated lead. I met with one owner who has one for sale
(advertised as lood ballast, in Holland) and he advised the broker made a mistake and he is almost sure the ballast is steel
Last week I viewed another Oysterman 22 and took with me a hand bearing compass
. The boat was in the water
. I removed the floor in the fore peak which I believe gave access to the top of the encapsulated ballast in the keel
and placed my compass
on the GRP surface. When I slid the compass to port the needle pointed to starboard, when I slip the compass to starboard the needle pointed to port. I was hoping the needle would not be affected. I am fairly sure the owner of this vessel thinks she is ballasted with lead but the results obtained using the compass take a bit of explaining.
Perhaps there is an alternative specification for the Oysterman 22 that I have not come across? Perhaps there were several different builders?
I would be pleased to receive info about these vessels, particularly with regard to their ballast.