• With all the iron out of the bilge I needed to find a couple of hundred kilos of ballast from somewhere. Investigated buying scrap lead and melting it into ingots myself but quite frankly, it didn’t appeal. I would probably burn my eyes out or melt off an arm or something. Patio blocks from wicks at 2kg and 45p each are the current solution. There’s 35 of them in there so far…

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  • I love this project.

    I don’t know how it works in the UK, but when I was a kid I used to shoot at an indoor shooting range (the Olympic discipline, and the same rifles as in biathlon). Anyway, once a year they would go back and scoop up all the lead and melt the little pellets into ingots. Could be a cheap source of lead.

  • Wouldnt bags of coarse sand be heavier/cheaper? Guess they might leak


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