The lead goes in the middle, right? It keeps the “ends light” is the idea. I must have a climb around a modern P&B boat though for I am told that this principle does not apply laterally across the boat. Alan apparently fits metal strengthening behind the jib tracks, inside the side tanks. Interesting – so is this about pitching, yawing and rolling moments?? You can see the logic though, can’t you? You bring lateral stability to the boat by pushing the weight away from the centre, thus increasing the rolling moment. I guess it is the same logic as the helm and the bowman sitting opposite sides of the boat on a broad reach.
Our correctors now have to be visible and stamped with their weight. Phil Evans slaps his lead under the console and very central. All of it. You may have read that Charles and Gavin’s boat has recesses in the double floor to even keep the lead weight as low as possible in the boat – and Charles tells me he can feel the difference (blimey!).
So I suppose I was quite surprised that the New Ovington Deck Mould did not follow suit. I think Phil Evans did something about this on Geoff Bayliss’ carbon boat. I think under the tunnel cover, Phil created two boxes in the floor right there to take the visible lead – low down and right over the keel. Interesting. Standard one day, I’ll bet….