Mailport & PS Advisor

On the outskirts of San Jose, Costa Rica, in a small foundry run by an American expat, steel railroad ties are melted into ballast for the Cabo Rico 38. The photo was taken during the 1970s by Key West songwriter, artist and author Ben Harrison, whose book “Sailing Down the Mountain” recounts the early days of the Costa Rican boatbuilding industry and other adventures on land and sea.

Mailport: Iron vs. Lead Ballast Keel

In response to your recent blog post discussing ballast keel material (Inside Practical Sailor, “Lead vs. Iron Ballast,”) Cabo Rico switched from steel to lead ballast castings with the first 38 Pilot model to make more space for the engine which moved forward on that model. This change also included the first Cabo Rico 34 and all Cabo Rico 38 models, as of 1989. However, the key factor with the older…

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