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Good grief. How can a STEM education site get it so wrong?

Itís very simple, the boat will sink until the weight of the boat divided by its submerged volume equals the density of the water it is sat in.  
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When Brunel built the Great Britain, people said she would sink because iron doesn't float. I had hoped we had a better understanding nowadays, but reading this thread I'm not sure we do, entirely.

It's also fairly clear that movable ballast has a different effect on boat speed than fixed, or Phantom sailors and water ballast wouldn't exist.
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Originally posted by A2Z

Good grief. How can a STEM education site get it so wrong?

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Itís very simple, the boat will sink until the weight of the boat divided by its submerged volume equals the density of the water it is sat in.  

It is indeed very simple. A floating object displaces it's weight of water a sunk object displaces it's volume of water. for an object to float it's volume must be greater than that of the water it displaces.

Density is just a measure of how much an object weighs relative to it's volume. Wood floats 'cos 1 cc of it weighs 0.7g so it only has to displace 0.7cc of fresh water. Lead sinks 'cos 1cc of it weighs 11+g but can only displace 1cc of water.

Ice floats 'cos 1cc of it weighs around 0.9g (or put another way 1g of it takes up slightly more volume than 1g of water, that's why your pipes burst when they freeze).


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Originally posted by Rupert

It's also fairly clear that movable ballast has a different effect on boat speed than fixed, or Phantom sailors and water ballast wouldn't exist.

Phantom sailors only exist to ensure Ginsters remains in business.

Moveable ballast is to improve the righting movement against the rig though isn't it? Simple levers surely? 
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I mostly sail my super light 3000 single handed. Not just the reduced weight that gets it planing early, also the fact that the crew weight is all on a trapeze. Low weight but lots of righting moment.

Hence why my club has me sailing a boat designed at a Py of 1032 (and currently languishing at 1064) off 978.

On the other hand .. F5 or more and I'm screwed.
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