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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:35 am 
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Matt B,

In an earlier post you had described having an '84 vintage boat that had lead in the pylons to bring the weight up to class minimum.

Could you describe how you removed the lead and where you found it and perhaps about how much it weighed all told?

Thanks,

John


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:26 pm 
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It was in the rear pylons.

Pull out the foam plug at the top and look down the pylon - if it's there, it's held in with polyurethane foam (you know the 2 part liquid that turns to foam when mixed? - kinda like the "Great Stuff" foam that you can buy in a spray can at Home Depot these days). It will be very obvious it's there because the foam will have expanded halfway up the pylon.

I used a long (18") drill bit to kind of chip it out. Be real careful not to go through the bottom of the boat. :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:41 pm 
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This post is of a comical nature and has no technical information in it what so ever.

jes9613<---X class's newest member.

Your thread reminds me of a line from one of the best movies of all time.

Movie: TOP GUN

Line: "I got the need for speed!!"

jes9613, do you find your self saying that often?

What is your reason for "getting the leads out"? run out of sinkers?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:21 am 
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Thanks Matt,

When I get the time to glue the boat I'll check to see if there is foam/lead in the rear pylon. It will be interesting to see how much weight, if any, I can save by removing the lead.

Thanks again,

John


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:35 am 
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I would say that I found less than 5 lbs in each hull.

I just bought an '85 red glue seam Hobie 14. I already know it weighs 8 lbs less than minimum (but without a dolphin striker, trapeze or sidebar carpet). It'll be interesting to see if there's lead in the pylons. I think they had stopped doing that by '85.


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