Yes, it will put more strain on the rigging
, or at least has the potential to.
Depends on how its used as to if it will slow the boat down, normally if its used only when the boat going to windward or on a taght reach in strong winds it will make her go faster. But down wind
and in the light it will slow her down.
Too much water
ballast wont be safe. Or easy to add.
Are you thinking of separate port and staboard tanks
that can be individually filled or a big macgregger26 style keel tank? If you went with port/stb tanks I wouldnt go over the weight of a normal racing
crew on the rail, say 3 or 4 persons. In reality on such a samll boat you are probably better just to focus on improving your sail trim techniques to quickly depower the boat in a gust.
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