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Old 02 February 2010, 15:22   #1
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Keelguard

Keelguard Self adhesive strip that protects the keel when beaching ect.

Has any body fitted this ?

was it worth the expense ?

Any alternatives to the above product.. in the U.K.
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Old 02 February 2010, 15:30   #2
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Yes, I fitted one to my current RIB. Easy job and gives a bit of protection if you beach the boat or leave it dry out on a mooring from time to time. Bit expensive though.
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Fitted one a few months back....packaging says something along the lines of 'not suitable for trailers /where weight sits on a central roller' IIRC.

Mine does sit with some weight on a central roller (and is on and off trailer LOTS...hence need for protection) and i'm pleased to say is holding up fine!

Fitted mine at a friends bodyshop (car type, not fair trade soap)....really good prep and plenty of heat (both on strip before fitting and with a heat gun when fitting was a BIG help.

DHD is right, bloody expensive, but i got mine from a chandlers in Boston MA for around 70 (21ft boat)....MUCH cheaper than in UK (and cheap by US standards too). Might be worth looking at the states anyway?

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Old 02 February 2010, 19:07   #4
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Yep, mine came from the US too.

I bought enough to run from the bow eye right to the planing pad, rather than just a piece for the bow section, as recommended in the sales blurb. This gives protection to the entire keel, should the boat dry out, rather than just the bow section which touches the bottom when nudging into a steeply sloping beach.
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Just wondering if a long narrow strip of thin gauge stainless 316 would do the job of protecting the keel? I'm not sure what thickness you'd need to be able to easily bend it around the radius that most RIB keels seem to have, but perhaps someone's tried it.

Would be a much cheaper alternitive.
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I've seen it done - I thought it was a bit poxy looking - the ends didn't look neat and there was a gappy bit here and there as the radius changed. Might just have been the fitter but I think the material just didn't have the flex.
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I thought it was a bit poxy looking
See one in stainless too...it was a lot poxy. Looked like it had been made by a farrier
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See one in stainless too...it was a lot poxy. Looked like it had been made by a farrier
That's why I won't use a stainless steel one.
Bending and fixing it into what ?

I think the rubber is better but as I have mentioned before there must be other suppliers with a similar item ...
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"I think the rubber is better but as I have mentioned before there must be other suppliers with a similar item ... [/QUOTE]"

When I looked there was a similar product called Keel Shield IIRC.....here you go http://keelshield.com/

My recolection was that they were both much of a muchness. The Keel Guard type seemed the more popular and seems to do what it says on the tin...the adhesion is very impressive....very happy with it.

On that basis, i'd be trying to find the cheapest deal I could in the US....I doubt you'll find a significantly cheaper product elsewhere (but happy to be proved wrong).
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nylon keel guards

got them on my 15' dory (yah i know sorry)
and i find that they are a godsend when launching/recovering on my own.
i can just lift and pull the bow up on the slip while im sorting the trailer out without trashing the hull
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