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Old 17 July 2007, 21:11   #151
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So far I have added and attached 4 grab handles and 2 large d-ring patches for the transom straps. I also decided to paint the A-frame black and put keelgaurd on the hull. The more I work on this boat the bigger the to do list gets
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Old 17 July 2007, 22:31   #152
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Hi Bryan
lookin really good. I am considering a Keelguard. How did the installation go?
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Old 17 July 2007, 23:08   #153
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Installation is not very hard it is just a really awkward position to lie under your boat between the trailer for an hour +. I practiced lining it up a couple times and then prepped the area and went for it. Works great.
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Old 17 July 2007, 23:15   #154
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Just thought Id give my help, I installed the keel guard, it was not too bad, I love it but will give you a couple of hints, The kits comes with everything needed, instructions are good, You have to commit to spending the time to prep the hull right. The first problem I had was after scuffing and cleaning the hull you have to prime it. They include a small container filled with the primer, the instructions are to snap it in the middle and use the sponge like applicater to spread it on the hull, as soon as I started to use it the sponge tip fell apart and the primer started to just leak everywhere , I almsot lost it all and would have been in a tought position, I finished priming by trying to hold the loose sponge on and soaking it with the remainder primer, I wore rubber gloves and was lucky I was ready.
Make sure the guard is nice and warm, dry form it on the bottom of the hull before final fit, I started at the front and used duct tape to hold it on While I tried to form it the best I could, I have a searider and there are a few strakes that messed me up a bit, was really hard to completely form it on at these spots, I ended up useing scrap pieces Of wood and would shim them against the guard and trailer to hold it tight, I should have had more boards available when I started there were a few spots that were w bit off from the hull, I finished this off with some adhesive and another round of shiming board tightly to get it as tight as I could, , Without the strakes it would have gone perfect for me, I love it and do not feel I lost any speed, one of my concerns when I was thinking about buying it. any other questions feel free to ask me
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Old 17 July 2007, 23:36   #155
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Yeah that applicator is a little tricky, at first I couldn't get it to snap properly, I thought it was going to break but you need to apply quite a bit of force. Didn't have the sponge fall apart luckily. I found a good strong wallpaper roller worked better than what was supplied in the kit, you need to use a lot of pressure especially over any chines. I got lucky and only had one chine on either side to deal with. Be ready for a little neck and back pain
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Old 18 July 2007, 00:22   #156
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Thanks guys. I do not have any chines to deal with so should not be too bad. Will go ahead based on your input. Thank you very much.
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Old 18 July 2007, 07:47   #157
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Installation is not very hard...
... especially when you just pay someone to do it. When I bought mine, the dealer said he would install it for $75.00, so I took him up on his offer.

Bryan, your boat looks great. What have you used on the tubes? They look so shiny and new! Are they slippery?

Mine are looking old all of a sudden.... kinda like me...
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Old 18 July 2007, 09:15   #158
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Decided to take all water craft we had access to out. Gale force winds we were doing 8 knots with just the Jib. So sailing was awsome. Nice to have the SIB out again and remember how crazy they can be.
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Old 18 July 2007, 12:32   #159
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Bryan, your boat looks great. What have you used on the tubes? They look so shiny and new! Are they slippery?
Stoo, I have been using a floor sealant called "Future". Same stuff used in the UK just a different name. I started by scrubbing the tubes with mild scotch bright pads and 3m fabric cleaner, then I put 2 coats of "Future" on. Very easy , just apply to clean rag and wipe on. It works really well and stays on a hell of a lot longer than the 3m uv stuff. Its also not slippery on the tubes but I made the mistake of putting it on the deck as well, looked really good but slippery as hell.
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Old 18 July 2007, 13:10   #160
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Thanks BB... I've never noticed the stuff, but then I don't spend a lot of time looking at floor stuff! I'll have a look next time I'm out... The toobs look like you would go zinging off them which would be an issue for me as my free-loading friends generally sit on them. Although on second thought...
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