Small Boat Design

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kayak design (lead keel)

I'm just wanting to know has any one tryed to waight the bottom with a strip of lead? I know waight is the enemy but is there a benifit to tracking or if you were to us a sail. My thoght is a strip down the middle on the inside moulded into the fiber glass, mabey 1" or 2" inch wide 1/16th" thick the full lenghth of the boat. That's two pound lead (so two pound's per square foot)so I might want it two layers thick. It will be a little harder to paddle but with a sail and a ruder, I think it might improve it?
So let me know what you thik.

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