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Old 30 November 2007, 16:01   #1
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Keel Guard ??????

I purchased my first RIB and did not even get a chance to put it in the water before winter set in. So I am already planning upgrades and have a question. What is everyones opinion on "Keel Guards"?http://www.boatersworld.com/product/366975365msk.htm I see several suppliers are marketing them for RIBS.

Are they worth it?

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Old 30 November 2007, 17:30   #2
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Well, I don't have one. Then again, I have an aluminum hull.

If you run in water where depth may be an issue, I'd say go for it. Likewise if you're going to be beaching your boat regularly.

If you routinely stay in reasonably deep water, and don't beach, I wouldn't bother.

This is just my opinion, though.

BTW, it's time to update your profile. The Achilles was your prior boat, I assume (they don't, as far as I know, have any RIB's.)

Good luck;

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Old 01 December 2007, 01:38   #3
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I think there are some issues with Keel guards if the rolers of your trailer are putting direct preassure on it. It is written somewhere on their website i guess.
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Old 01 December 2007, 09:04   #4
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Fitted it to my last boat as I did a lot of beaching & it worked a treat!
Roller on my trailer did make a small depression in it, but gave no problem, just pick a worm day as it is a pig to work with cold!
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Old 01 December 2007, 18:58   #5
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Achilles does make a RIB. I have the HB140.

I think I will put a guard on my boat for the same reasons Nick pointed out. I do plan on doing some beaching while exploring the islands in my area. I will be sure to watch the roller situation though.

Thanks all!!
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Old 01 December 2007, 19:08   #6
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Ive got one and its mainly proved its worth when I have had a couple of dodgy trailer experiences whislt trying to get the boat on the trailer in a strong tide.

Good for peace of mind although a bit pricey for what it is.
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Old 02 December 2007, 05:25   #7
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Does anyone have any pictures of one fitted and what do you attach it with?
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Old 02 December 2007, 09:00   #8
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Does anyone have any pictures of one fitted and what do you attach it with?

Here's the marketing site, which has pics. It comes with a 3M adhesive backing:

http://www.keelguard.com/keelguard.html

I like the look of the SkegPro and Scuffbuster as well.
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Try doing a search on keelguard here on RIBnet.
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Do they effect handling or cause drag?
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