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Old 08 March 2013, 11:28   #11
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Keelguard is rubbish; don't waste your time buying or fitting it. My boat is only five years old and last year had to go back to the UK to get its KG replaced as it had come away in several places. Within six months the new strip had also started to come away. If you have a pebbly mooring it will wear through in no time at all. At the moment my boat is getting a kevlar renforcement strip fibreglassed to its keel. That's the only way to go and is much cheaper than getting RB to fit more keel guard.
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Old 09 March 2013, 03:05   #12
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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.
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Old 09 March 2013, 04:44   #13
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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.
Yeah, like I said, we beach our 7.2m no problem but only in circumstances where the hull is not going to be damaged and it won't be hard getting off. With a smaller boat you can afford to be a little rougher with it which is where the keelguard comes in.
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Keelguard is rubbish; don't waste your time buying or fitting it. My boat is only five years old and last year had to go back to the UK to get its KG replaced as it had come away in several places. Within six months the new strip had also started to come away. If you have a pebbly mooring it will wear through in no time at all. At the moment my boat is getting a kevlar renforcement strip fibreglassed to its keel. That's the only way to go and is much cheaper than getting RB to fit more keel guard.
Yeah....But Yours would be Better Fitted with TRACKS!
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Keel guard is perfect for beaching, sliding sib on to concrete surface while trailer is being painted, unspected floating debris bumping into keel, pier issues, etc. Assume that like all glued parts will eventually will peel off with time, use & abuse, but completely bondable again. This nice example is a moldable yet compact V rubstrake glued with a super cement.

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Old 12 March 2013, 11:22   #16
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Thanks everyone for your most knowledgable responses. Looks like I am in the market for some KG and a nice sunny day.
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