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Arcimed'es was the Greek scientist who observed that an object will sink in a fluid until it displaces it's own weight . By floating the boat I can adjust the computer model , and from that determine the exact weight and center of gravity . An observer at the dock commented that I must be pretty smart to be able to figure that out . My reply was " No , just big bucks in software ." 

With the hydraulic trailer it was pretty easy to lift the boat above the water , and then gently lower it until it was just floating . The only major weights missing at this stage were the gasoline and people . As she is floating here she weighs 7400 pounds . The designed weight was 8200 pounds . By the time that the gas tanks are filled up it's nice to know that I'm in the ball park .


On the left is a picture of the Allouette two years earlier in about the same position . It's interesting , and a bit sad to see the progressively decaying Ditchburn boat factory in the background . Ditchburn boats was the largest Canadian builder of mahogany runabouts in it's day .




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