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  Improper fix, but holding
  Posted by: booztalkin on Aug-30-13 12:28 AM (EST)

I had some keel easy peeling off my stern. The gooey adhesive was sticking to the hull, but the keel easy was pulling away anyway.

I'm pretty sure the proper fix would have involved replacing the keel easy, or at least peeling it back and cleaning the adhesive off the hull, then resticking the keel easy with an appropriate adhesive. But, I planned to paddle the same day and decided to try a quick and dirty fix. I did clean what I could get to with alcohol, then I appliedd a small amount of SikaBond Universal and taped, tied, and wedged the keel easy against the hull. That was about noon, and I paddled the boat at about 5pm. The product instruction says "tacky in two hours, full bond in 5-8 days." I've paddled the boat at least ten times since and the keel easy is still sticking. It's a little early to declare victory, but so far so good.

I found SikaBond Universal at the Lowes one day when I was looking for something to stick wiring inside my cockpit. It comes in a caulking tube. I stood and read product descriptions of caulking and adhesive products for about an hour. Surprisingly, very few of the construction adhesives claim to stand up under prolonged immersion and to be waterproof, as SikaBond Universal does.

It probably wasn't the "right way" to fix it, but it was quick. Usually fast and easy is not compatible with effective and long lasting, but I'm hoping for a rare exception on this one.


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