I went back and reapplied heat to the keel strip in the spots where it was peeling off. This seemed to help...for about one use.
The keel strip is now peeling off so badly in so many places that it needs to come off and be replaced or I need to just go without.
I think I have a total of about 6 days on the water with the keel strip. For $80 for the material I certainly would have hoped it would last longer than that.
I did follow the instructions that were on their Youtube video. Perhaps the hull needs a better scrubbing prior to application, but the video said just to use a cloth.
I may try again, but am not sure that I want to gamble $80 on it.
It is possible that this product just is not suitable for the lateral stresses that will be placed on it when launching and landing in the surf zone. There is really no way to launch and land repeatedly in the surf without subjecting the boat to lateral or torsional friction as you have to straighten the boat out as the surf pushes you off axis when launching, or when getting violently side surfed all the way to the beach.
I have emailed the company, but they never emailed back. I find that a bit annoying.
It is a neat product and a neat idea, but if it is not going to last under real conditions and given that it is about $80 for a $15 strip of tape, I am not sure that I am sold, especially given the lack of response from the company.
Maybe I am wrong but that I my impression at this point.
Heel and Pegpads™
Touring Kayak Paddles
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