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Old 27 February 2004, 05:07   #1
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Hi any one used this product? I tend to beach the boat a lot to let the wife & kids off & it dose not do the keel much good!
Any comment or alternatives much appreciated.
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Old 27 February 2004, 05:38   #2
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I have it on a couple of RIB's and I think they are really good, they really protect the keel on beaching and launch/recovery etc.

They are quite expensive tho and I would like them to stretch the full length of the boat not just the bow. Speak to Garry at GMT he is very helpfull
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Old 27 February 2004, 06:54   #3
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Can't you use a piece of rubbing strake?
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Old 27 February 2004, 07:10   #4
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At 21.00 a foot.....

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Can't you use a piece of rubbing strake?
I'd be tempted to use a bit of cardboard !
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I have had it fitted to a number of my ribs.

Excellent stuff in my opnion.

On my prvious Rib, a 4m Avon, I had it fitted from the bow eye to the transom as the boat was often hauled up a pebble beach to above the high tide line.
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Old 27 February 2004, 07:55   #6
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At 21.00 a foot.....

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I'd be tempted to use a bit of cardboard !

Is that 21 per foot of rubbing strake or carboard?
As for the Keelgaurd if I get it from the US it should cost about $23 per foot including shipping!
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Old 27 February 2004, 08:24   #7
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don't get it, this is basically a type of rubbing strake which is applied with the same adhesive. How the hell do they justify 21 a foot!!!!
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I don't think they are the same company, but I have used a product called KEELSHIELD on a SIB. Looks exactly the same and I think the price was about the same. Does the job though.
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How the hell do they justify 21 a foot!!!!
Well, in the same way that it costs 3k for a set of tubes.

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I've put one on my boat and now would put one on any future boat I have.

It does seem expensive but IMHO is worth it.

I'm not sure if a rubbing strake would have the same adhesive or not but I am sure you would have no come back with the company if the rubbing strake fell off after a couple of weeks.

It was easy to apply and sticks like the proverbial sh** to a blanket .

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