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Frequently Asked Questions

How much steel ballast or lead ballast do I need?

The answer to this question depends entirely on the purpose for which you want to use the ballast and what space needs to be filled. Steel is cheaper than lead. But lead weighs more than one and a half times as much per cubic meter. So you need less ballast and thus less volume if you choose lead.

Is using steel ballast a more environmentally friendly choice?

Steel is known for being cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Lead is seen in many parts of Europe but also in America as a material that is more taxing on the earth. Consequently, more requirements are placed on the manufacture of lead ballast. This leads to higher costs. But at you do not have to worry about the costs and environmental friendliness. Our lead ballast is almost one hundred percent recycled.

Why is it better to choose lead or steel over concrete?

Lead and steel are very suitable materials to use as ballast in shipping, construction and industry. Concrete also seems attractive, but has a major drawback: it requires a lot of it. The density of the material is much lower. This means that more of it is needed to achieve a certain desired weight. The extra volume this entails can be especially problematic when space is limited.

How is it that lead has a cushioning effect?

Lead is a relatively soft material and has high internal damping. This has made it a successful ballast in shipbuilding for centuries. The softness of the material ensures that any causes of impact are attenuated.

What is the price difference between ballast steel and ballast lead?

You should choose steel ballast when price is the deciding factor. This material is in fact cheaper than lead. But can also deliver lead ballast products at a very competitive price. We have short lines with factories at home and abroad and the lead ballast is almost one hundred percent recycled.

How does lead ballast make a sailboat more stable?

Ballast lead is used to distribute weight, counteract buoyancy and provide stability. Lead ballast allows for resistance to lateral forces on the sail. The lead makes the sailboat lie a little deeper in the water, so that wind has less hold on the vessel.

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