Originally Posted by gotchiguy
Because dragging anything more than 5.5m up a beach is blummin' hard work!! I just meant that that's about the max size for a boat for grounding easily and dragging it around. We beach ours occasionally but only when it's sandy and currentless. Beached the old 4.2m all the time and in surf a couple of times, and its when you're trying to get it off and its bumping and rubbing against the sand/shale that you're really going to need the protection. I don't really agree that you just need a little bit at the front, it doesn't need to go all the way to the back given, but I think at least half way along the hull.
Our 8.9m rib is very easy to beach. My 38ft Cigarette even easier. It seams the longer it is, the easier it is to drive up a beach and then back out but only in flat water. Wouldn't want to do it in the surf with a heavy boat.
If you stay too long and get your tides wrong I imagine it would not be fun.
Never bothered with keel guards but we do have antifoul.