I race an Elan 295 which is a light airs flyer (fractional rig, v.large main, 110% jib) but it really struggles upwind in anything above force 4 & also then falls badly off to leeward. The keel is lead with a "shoe" shaped bulb, flat underneath. Any ideas on how to "fatten" the shoe to increase weight by say 50-70 Kgs. preferably without increasing draught (already 1.90 metres) which would have rating implications under IRC. Some suggestions have been to wrap roofing lead like a bandage around the shoe, glass over,& fill. I have spoken to one owner who did this but I think the shape of the shoe doesnt really lend itself to this, all of the shoe being aft of the leading edge of the keel. I would also be concerned not to affect the resale value of the boat by doing a modification which could be perceived as "agricultural". Another suggestion has been to cut off the shoe & recast it incorporating the extra weight & reattach it to the keel using ss bolts. I would be grateful for any ideas & would be particularly glad to hear from anyone who has had a similar problem with the performance of an Elan 295.