i bought a pelican 15.5 canoe in may and have enjoyed it more than i thought. i usually fish a lake and river that has concrete boat ramps and have suffered sufficient wear to warrant needing skids. i know the kevlar are suppose to be the best. i know the videos people make of doing it yourself on just about anything can be deceiving about how easy something is to do. my canoe is ramx like a coleman and is polyethylene. anyone had any experience please share and thanks.
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skid plates and polyetthylene|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-05-12 8:40 AM (EST)
Posted by: rb56 on Oct-09-12 6:23 AM (EST)
thanks on that info. i was under the impression i couldn't use glass on the poly. i have begun a different approach and usually have been reversing my trolling motor to not ride up on it so far. also usually alone and loading onto my pickup needed some sliding around to position it. again thanks for the info.
Posted by: mikehenebry on Oct-09-12 9:02 AM (EST)
I would take the easy way out and use Keel Easy keel strips. They are self-adhering and many times (seven I believe) more abrasion resistant that fiberglass. I installed these on my kayak in about 15 minutes.
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-09-12 2:29 PM (EST)
I have not used Keel Easy strips. I am not inclined to do so in the future because they are too thick for my tastes.
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-09-12 8:06 PM (EST)
I think it is wonderful stuff and was definitely glad to have some on my fiberglass kayak when I was beaching it frequently on rocky shorelines.
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-10-12 7:47 AM (EST)
Most adhesive bonds resist tensional stress better than they do shear stress.
Posted by: jimyaker on Oct-09-12 5:31 PM (EST)
can you potentially reduce the wear and tear on the boat by avoiding contact with the concrete and asphault ramps? PE is pretty durable on natural surfaces like grass, dirt, small rocks.
tougher than keel-eazy|
Posted by: sapien on Oct-09-12 8:46 PM (EST)
Rec-Repair patches (www.recrepair.com) can be used as skid plates, either in the 3x10" or 4x12" size. you would want the "permanent bond" version; the temp bond will come loose with exposure to water. they are trimmable with strong scissors or a utility knife, and the edges can be filed before installing to taper them down to the hull surface.
Question for P Blanc re royalex|
Posted by: gingernc on Oct-10-12 8:43 PM (EST)
P Blanc, that was a good explanation of applying epoxy and fiberglass to polyethylene. How about to Royalex? Probably omit the flame? Anything else different.
According to West Systems|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-10-12 9:26 PM (EST)
pretreatment by flame oxidation of ABS (Royalex) is "optional". The adhesion data provided by West shows little advantage for flame treatment of ABS however.
Agree with PBlanc|
Posted by: dougd on Oct-11-12 7:39 AM (EST)
After a lot of reading and discussion I ended up using Dynel and a mixture of WS resin and G-Flex mixed in on the skid plates I put on my Courier. They are rock solid and have taken some hard hits on these rocky NE rivers. All that's happened so far is the paint has scrapped off.
Posted by: gingernc on Oct-11-12 8:32 AM (EST)