Thursday, October 06, 2005
Mark guides Robin in the digger as Robin eases the forklift attachment into my truck to remove another load of ballast for me. Each one of those triangular blocks of iron weighs 18 kg's (about 40 lbs).
I've added 1,764 kg's (4,000 pounds) of the toblerone shaped ballast into the bow of Lady Jane, right down in the bottom of the boat for increased stability. The sad fact is that one and three quarter odd tonnes of ballast has only brought Lady Jane's bow down a few inches. I reckon the bow needs to come down at least a foot.
I sit here completely exhausted and covered in bruises, as maneuvering that ballast in the confines of Lady Jane's bow is not easy, thinking I've got to do at least another eight tonnes of this stuff.
Oh yes, and at £200.00 (US$ 350.00) a tonne, this is not a cheap form of exercise either.
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