Topic : Weighty Matters

Anybody got any good tips on how to weigh an MR hull. Balancing on the bathroom scales seems good but how do you see what the reading is? (not to mention the difficulty of getting the boat through the bathroom door!). I also thought about taking it to a public weigh-bridge but don't know how accurate they can be, as they are designed to weigh lorries and stuff.

Posted: 10/11/2005 17:56:23
By: Richard S
In the 60's Colin Stokes and Robin Fowler used to use bathroom scales and weigh each end being carefull to maintain the balance point at each end and sum the two = the weight. Personally I had a butchers steel yard and hung it off the garage door. These days measurers have load CELLS AND ARE USUALLY GENEROUS WITH THE LOAN THEREOF!

Posted: 10/11/2005 18:05:36
By: Ancient Geek
use 150lb limit spring scale. support bow, weigh transom. support transom weigh bow. add the two together.

Posted: 10/11/2005 23:51:51
By: weighman
Morning Richard..

Where are you? I have the MROA scales and if you are nearish you are welcome to come and use them..


Posted: 11/11/2005 08:43:38
By: Chairman GGGGGG
Using two scales you have to be very exact at keeping the boat level.
With one bathroom scales you can use a mirror on a long stick to read it. Find the balance point around the CB case, then sneak a peek. It worked on a Cadet, but might be tricky on a Merlin...

Posted: 11/11/2005 10:03:47
By: Mags
The New Zealand R class guys have no problem with this one. Look at the photo at the bottom of the page.

The Merlin version would be two people and two scales. Each holds bow or stern and steps onto the scales. Then weigh the people without the boat and do a little maths.

Posted: 11/11/2005 13:25:55
By: David Balkwill
Sorry, forgot the link.

Posted: 11/11/2005 13:26:46
By: David Balkwill
Here's the weigh to do it!!!

Posted: 11/11/2005 14:04:34
By: Garry R
I have scales and am in Cookham, Berkshire.  I usually hang them from a beam accross the gates at the club.  Can  I be of any help?

Posted: 11/11/2005 15:38:18
By: bob2926
Thanks to ChairmanGGGGGG and to bob2926. I am in Yorkshire and the boat is not yet ready but it's great to know people are so willing to help. I'll probably make a further call when I get the new decks on. Thanks to the other respondants too; all good ideas are welcome!

Posted: 11/11/2005 17:58:22
By: Richard S


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