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Old 25 July 2008, 07:35   #21
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
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In colder countries you could fill the keel with water and let it freeze - it would be very rigid and would provide loads of low down weight............

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Old 25 July 2008, 08:36   #22
Country: Germany
Town: Germany/Texas
Boat name: wicked weasel
Make: 3.6m Metzeler Maya S
Length: 3m +
Engine: 6hp
Join Date: Jul 2008
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I put one of these "Swim Noodles" in a friends boat the other day.

His inflatable keel has been patched over and over, and then painted twice with the wrong coating. He was screaming at the price of a new one, and I have a bunch of these lying around.

I trimmed it to the length of the original keel, and then formed the ends with a bread knife to improve the fit & aquadynamics.

It performed surprisingly well, is material friendly, and took about 15 minutes to produce. It is not a stiff as one of the older wooden type keels, but it works, and also only cost about 2 Euros.
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