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Old 11-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Ballast / Lead shot

Hi

I need to get some ballast made up for our boat, ideally lead shot made up in 20lbs bags.

does anyone have any idea where I could source this from?

thanks a lot

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Old 11-04-2006, 06:22 PM   #2
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Local Church ???

Have you thought about depleted uranium, More dense need less of it in terms of mass, mind you more difficult to get hold of.

Joking aside lead has a low melting point so have a tout around the scrap/ salvage yards, easy to mould can do it at home but make sure the other half is out of the kitchen .......
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:42 PM   #3
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Haven't been to church for a while ... but could be tempted

Need something quickly ... so melting pots in the kitchen ... even with the better half sent to her mothers for the weekend probably won't work
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Go down the local Builders/Plumbers merchants, get some of the lead they use on roofs & seals. It comes in flat rolls but you can beat it to within an inch of it's life to the shape you need.
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mmmh last time I walked into a church the sky turned black & the cross went upside down.
buying from a yard is an expensive way of doing it but if you do the codes 3, 4, 5 are its thickness in mmm
ie code 3 lead 3mm thick
Lead, Aluminium & salt water dont mix to well, keep them well seperated. it will really eat away the ali, brackets & stuff like that
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How much do you need in total? I'll make some enquiries.
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best places I find to get shot is divers, they always have the stuff, I use shot bags in my weight belt for diving. I know that the bags are small but if you can trace back to where the lead shot bags are made you might be able to buy bulk shot. Anyway just a passing thought
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Do you have to use lead??
can you not use something cheaper like water?
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Tried water - its bulky and it moves around a lot.

Adding a big battery this year for weight!
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sounds like you trying to get rid of a body at sea to me!! lol
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best places I find to get shot is divers, they always have the stuff, I use shot bags in my weight belt for diving. I know that the bags are small but if you can trace back to where the lead shot bags are made you might be able to buy bulk shot. Anyway just a passing thought
Thanks for this ... I need it in 20lbs / 10kg bags ... not sure the divers use it in that sort of weight ... probably drown
If you know someone who provides the shot tho, always happy to ask
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Here ya go Besoke Service

http://www.midlandlead.co.uk/applica...?application=5
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We use the runners training wieghts they come in 3kg little bags really well put together.
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http://www.flints.co.uk/acatalog/Weight_Bags.html ?
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Old 13-04-2006, 02:14 PM   #15
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions ... I will contact each of them and see how we get on

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Tried water - its bulky and it moves around a lot.

Adding a big battery this year for weight!
What about sand? Pretty cheap and if you don't want it just lob the stuff overboard!!!
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What about sand? Pretty cheap and if you don't want it just lob the stuff overboard!!!
Changes its weight too much depending on wet/dry!!!
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Changes its weight too much depending on wet/dry!!!
Waterproof plastic bags???
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