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3 lb sounding lead

plain finish... available in 2 sizes

Sounding Lead Weight


Traditional Pattern Sounding Leads
100% Pure Lead - Made in U.S.A.
For use with Pre-spliced Leadlines [sold separately]

Can be used as a primary depth-finding device, or as a backup for electronics. Typically attached to a light line which is measured off with bands, tags, knots, or paint markings every fathom or so (known as a 'leadline'). 


We had these made at a local foundry. Each one is hand poured - no two leads are exactly alike. Plain finish will contain some grooves, casting marks, etc. on the surface. They can be sanded and painted, or used "as is" since lead is non-ferrous and cannot rust. Over time, they develop a salty gray patina. 


  • Traditional octagonal casting pattern offers best stability in 'real world' conditions at sea; i.e. 8 flat sides prevent spinning while deployed... also helps prevent rolling while on deck or stowed below 
  • Recessed bottom with grooves can be packed with tallow or grease for picking up bottom samples (sand, mud, pebbles, grass, etc.)
  • Large, built-in cast eye for attaching leadline rope up to 3/8" diameter
  • 3lb weight (6" length) is suitable for inshore soundings at slow speed, dinghy, etc.
  • 7lb weight (11" length) is recommended for offshore/coastal soundings and navigation, and improved accuracy for larger vessels with higher freeboard
  • 100% pure lead - Made in USA

COMMENTS: Available individually (3#, 7#) or as a set (one of each) from the dropdown menu above (saves 10% by the set).  

Pre-spliced leadlines and related supplies are available here. 


 California Proposition 65 Warning Statement: 
This product may expose you to chemicals, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. 



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101425 Overseas Hwy #264
Key Largo, FL 33037 USA
+1 (305) 396-8535
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