When measuring for a keel guard, do you go all the way to the stern. My wife thought it would be fun to take the navigation bread crumb trail with a touch of salt and go her own way through the rocks back to base on the west coast. I was hanging over the bow at the time filming with the go pro underwater and suddenly I was looking down at rocks. Makes interesting viewing on the go pro as a wall of rock looms out of the gloom 😲Luckily it was at walking pace so no damage. The keel guard will be to protect the keel as I let the boat dry out at low tide on my 2 weeks holiday up in Arisaig.
Normally just do the front third,but I can't see any harm in going to the stern unless you have a planning pad.It will certainly offer some protection against damage but don't forget the boat will tilt over when she dries out so take care of rocks under your bilges
It looks massive on the trailer,but tiny in a big sea!
I am also thinking of having KeelGuard fitted to the RIB. We are considering taking the boat up to Scotland where the beaches are fairly rocky. Does anyone know if KeelGuard has an effect on the performance? Thank you.
Whisper fitted Keel Shield on Never Enough cos when the WUKSART guys took the rib round Britain they did some damage to the keel and I guess this was in Scotland of all places see attached photo. last weekend I was more or less beaching at Newtown Creek and was very pleased to have had Keel Shield fitted
Keel Shield and Keel Guard are more or less the same and for sure have not influence on the performance. Keel Shield also make such from Kevlar so if you think you need extra protection go for that type. I believe the Keel Shield importer (specialistsmallcraft) is a forum member so buy from him and support the RibNet Trade members. we buy a lot from them . Do not use it if you launch & recover with trailer unless you have the whole length of the keel covered in one single strip.