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Old 23 June 2003, 18:56   #1
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Keel Guard

I am considering fitting a keel guard to my boat. http://www.gmtmarine.co.uk/keelguard.html

Has anyone fitted one? Did it stay on?

Does it affect the performance / handling ? Are there any alternatives?

The main reason for fitting is to prevent needing to touch up minor damage to the gel coat after beaching / trailering.

I know the best advice is not to hit the bottom/ trailer but I am sure it will happen.

Many thanks

Mike
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Old 23 June 2003, 20:00   #2
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I had this fitted on my Avon 4.01 and will be getting it fitted to my current boat when time/money allows.

I used to drag my avon up a pebble beac to reach the trailer and the keel guard was excellent at protecting the bottom. I felt there was noticble loss of perfomance and that it was money well spent.

Know half a dozen or so other RIBS and one Fletcher that has this fitted.
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Old 24 June 2003, 15:04   #3
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I have one fitted to one of our Lencraft Lynx RIBs in the Army Boat Squad.

Great at protecting the boat during beach landings etc.

No noticeable effect on performance or handling.

We had it factory fitted. Can't remember exactly how much they were as the Minister was paying.. but I seem to recall thinking that it was quite expensive for some fancy ( albeit effective) sticky tape !!!

Will be including it on the spec of all future boats for the squad.

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