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Old 14 October 2018, 17:06   #1
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For those who have fitted a keelguard, what length did you go for? I have a 6.3m humber and the lengths are 6, 8, ,10 and 12ft lengths.

Also has anyone tested how this affects performance?

I used to have one on the rib, think maybe only 6ft, never did a performance comparison before and after though. It eventually after 14 years on came loose so had to come off. Now Iím doing some hull repairs getting any scrapes and chips repaired and polished, was thinking of putting another keelguard on ...

Also I have a bramber roller trailer with the usual keel roller near the front. Keelguard recommend raising rollers where possible so the keelguard doesnít sit on the keel roller ... any thoughts?
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Old 14 October 2018, 17:42   #2
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I had a six foot length just for nosing up the beach it did rest on my keel roller ( bramber trailer) and it indented but was ok for the six years I owned the boat no effect on performance noted
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Old 15 October 2018, 03:59   #3
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You can get it in longer lengths. I've got it bow eye to transom on mine and I haven't found any noticeable effect on handling or performance. Mine also has a forward keel roller on the trailer but this hasn't caused any ill effect to the keel guard - I specifically asked the question before I installed it. Its been installed for 3 years now and still no problems.
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Old 15 October 2018, 04:26   #4
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So it sounds like longer the better ... will call them and ask about longer lengths because they only advertise to 12ft
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Mineís full length, bow to transom. It also sits on the keel roller & has indented slightly, no issues.
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When I looked into buying this product I found many comparisons with keelshield which several people rated as better. When I purchased mine there was nothing in the web advertising to state you couldn't use it with centre rollers, however it was stated in the fold out instructions. Having a light weight 4.2m hull with most of the weight taken on the 24 side rollers I assumed the product would hold up ok, I assumed wrong. Not only did it soon start becoming unstuck where it touched the keel rollers it also caught while launching. Now it's just a mess almost impossible to remove in the areas where it hasn't touched the rollers.

From comparison reviews I've seen, many consider the two products almost identicle and neither products recommend use with keel rollers. I figure if it can't handle sitting on rollers then it's not a very good keel protection.

If anyone has any suggestions how to remove what's still stuck to the boat please let me know as the company who sold me it simply dodged the question continually.
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Yeah the keel roller was something I was worried about, though should add I had one on for 13 years and it only messed up on year 14, basically where the central keel roller is it started to bunch up and come unstuck so it had to be pulled off.

It did leave lots of black residue which has been a pig to get off. I tried all sorts of products but in the end the only thing that worked was careful use of a scraper, keeping the blade flat and close to the hull with even pressure so it didnít scratch the hull any further. Picture below of what I used.

I am inclined to give it a go and if the keelshield one came off so quickly perhaps there is a difference in the adhesive with the keelguard? Could also be how well it was installed?

If the boat can be raised slightly somehow to lighten the weight on that single forward keel roller it may help though. Mine never caught when going in the trailer previously, might be how far above the water line it is fitted?
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Old 15 October 2018, 07:42   #8
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as i say i didnt have any problems but they do state not to be installed where there's pressure from rollers


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Old 15 October 2018, 08:11   #9
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Interesting. I may do it anyway given the previous lasted over a decade and the risk of otherwise exposing the keel to damage. May look into whether larger diameter rollers (the general rollers not the keel one) are available to fit to the trailer to lift the boat a smidge to take some weight off that keel roller- suspect it wouldnít need much lift. Anyone considered finding larger trailer rollers?
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Old 15 October 2018, 23:55   #10
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i have also used the keel guard. i loved it but it does recomend to keep it off a roller. i put it on my avon 5.4 and i had to work hard at it. the avon has a set of chines that make it hard to get a perfect seal. after about 5 years it started to come off at the chines. it was also being flattened out on the roller and i could see it was starting to cause a little problem. i took the whole thing off, it took time but found that acitone helped release the black adhesive pretty good. i missed it so much that i put on a new one, keel guard sent me a new one under warrentee. they definitly back up there product. this time i raised the boat up a bit so it no londer rests on the roller and also played around with a knife and a pair of snippers to better custom fit the keel gard around the chines. i also got a longer one that the first. the first on was about 6 feet, i got one about 12 feet long and it goes back almost 2/3rds the way towards transom. I have tested it both ways and at most may have lost 1mph but i wontgo without again. also no loos of handling , cant even tell its on.
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