Preliminaries: finding lead

I’ll need a couple of hundred pounds of lead for the ballast. In the past, it was possible to get used tire weights from tire shops, but tire weights aren’t made of lead anymore. So I visited a scrap metal yard in Trenton and asked. They gladly sold me all they had, which was about 150 pounds – enough to get started.


During the winter of 2015/16 I built a CLC Skerry.  Recently I decided I wanted a bigger boat, and that I needed something to keep me busy during the Coronavirus pandemic.  So in October 2020 I ordered a Pocketship kit.