Lead Ballast

Lead ballast is a type of weight used in boats and ships to provide stability and control. It is typically made by melting lead ingots and pouring the molten lead into molds to form the desired shape and size. The lead is then cooled and solidified before being removed from the molds and inspected for quality. The lead ballast is then packaged and shipped to the customer for use in their vessel.

In addition to providing stability and control, lead ballast is also used to help submerge the vessel’s hull deeper in the water, which can improve its performance and fuel efficiency. The amount and distribution of ballast on a vessel is carefully calculated and adjusted to ensure the proper balance and stability.

The process of producing lead ballast begins with the melting of lead ingots in a furnace. The lead is heated to a high temperature until it becomes a liquid, which is then poured into molds. These molds can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the specific needs of the vessel. The lead is then cooled and solidified, after which it is removed from the molds. The resulting lead ballast is inspected for quality, including checking for any defects or impurities.

Overall, the production of lead ballast is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and knowledge. It is important that proper safety precautions are taken and that the lead ballast is produced to the highest quality standards to ensure the safety and performance of the vessel.

Whether you need to counter balance a grandfather clock pendulum, elevators, or the hull on the bottom of a sail boat, American Tin & Solder will be glad to work with you on an individual basis. From blueprints to products were with you all the way. 


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