Hull and Keel protector
Posted by: old_user on Jul-12-09 5:09 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Anyone know the name of the stuff you can put on the Hull or Keel of kayak that protects it from impossible to avoid rock and sand impact. It looks somewhat like black tape I think?/??? In addition does anyone know if its a bad idea in that it could slow the boat down to a noticeable rate. Can it be removed ever?
I would like to put it on my much loved Current Designs fiberglass kayak. I am not trying to avoid all scratches for aesthetics its just that through years of use and future use it will eventually wear down the hull.
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Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jul-12-09 5:23 PM (EST)
something similar and easier to apply?|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-12-09 5:40 PM (EST)
What boat do you have|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jul-12-09 5:44 PM (EST)
and what is it made of?
Current Designs Solstice ST|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-12-09 7:27 PM (EST)
I am pretty sure it is fiberglass I bought it used, and I know it is not polyethylene. What do you recommend that is E Z to do. I have a epoxy repair kit I got from NRS if that helps my options.
Posted by: sitka on Jul-12-09 6:51 PM (EST)
You're talking about rock impacts and you're worrying about sanding your boat? Have a stiff drink and break out the sander...oh, and follow the instructions carefully. After all, what's the worst that'll happen? After a few rock impacts you'll loosen up. Soon, you'll feel comfortable taking a drill to it to install a foot pump!
Posted by: old_user on Jul-02-11 9:12 AM (EST)
a 3M tape strip I could epoxy|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-12-09 8:06 PM (EST)
I just mainly want to know is there any alternatives other than the "keel strip" task that is on sea kayak magazine and the Atlantic Kayak tours website. Has anyone had sucess with something different if not this winter I will do the latter but I would like to get something on their that won't take time away from paddling and overall summer fun.
You'd be amazed how much of such|
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-12-09 11:11 PM (EST)
wear can occur on a FG boat without affecting strength or performance. Fiberglass boats are HARD and tend to wear smooth.
keel guard ....|
Posted by: trout on Jul-13-09 12:00 AM (EST)
theres a product called keel guard too .not much you can put on the bottom of a boat to protect against rocks.
you can do two things:|
Posted by: gnarlydog on Jul-13-09 12:34 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jul-13-09 12:41 AM (EST)
A keel strip does not protect the boat from colision with a rock, the odds that it would happen right at the keel is pretty small.
Posted by: angstrom on Jul-13-09 9:12 AM (EST)
as far as|
Posted by: yakwise on Jul-13-09 1:35 PM (EST)
sand goes around here, a keel strip will not prevent it from sanding down.. it will last a little longer before it wears through and you can see daylight through a hole..