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Thread: Keel Protection for Hobie

  1. #1
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    Default Keel Protection for Hobie

    I am looking for a link or product that any fellow member uses to protect the keel of their kayak. I need it for the very back rounded edge. I use a homemade loading bar on the front crossbar of my kayak rack. In order for me to load my Outback on the Durango, I have to load and rest the bow of the kayak on the bar so I can lift the rear onto my Jbar. During that process I scraped the rear tip of the keel, so I am looking for something that will help protect my investment.

    I have done internet searches for various products. Some I like, some I don't...just wondering if there is a product I am missing. BTW, I will not mix up some JB weld and paint it over the keel of the kayak, not a good solution in my book. Thanks in advance!
    2015 OLIVE HOBIE OUTBACK
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    JEREMY D

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    try this.....http://www.keeleazy.com/

    u can request a sample for free. i had it on my old kayak and worked well. i have to order more for my new revo
    Hobie Revolution 13
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    I just received my free test strip of keeleazy in red. Get one and see if it works.

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    Maui

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    Thanks Grilled, that was my favorite product during my search...good for you, good for me!

    Goody--how large is the free sample, is it large enough to cover the area mentioned above?
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    2013 OLIVE HOBIE OUTBACK
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    JEREMY D

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    Roughly 2"x7" strip.

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    Maui

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    Something else to buy now lol. Just requested a sample.
    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFX35 View Post
    Something else to buy now lol. Just requested a sample.
    OK guys that used KeelEasy- feedback? Worth doing? Durability? I asked for a sample to test...I understand that they send a 2 inch by 7 inch long sample to try out-
    Last edited by ronaultmtd; 03-16-2017 at 11:44 AM.
    "Lady Luck" 2016 Red Hibiscus Outback
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    I looked at keeleasy & decided it was cost prohibitive for me figuring ~ $200 worth was needed.

    I'm using gorilla tape, it lasts the season & holds up to sand & loading & unloading on trailer as well as shallow water if my drive is feathered. 1 roll is good for 2 years worth & is much cheaper than anything else I've found so far.
    Red 2015 Hobie Outback
    Olive 2015 PA 14

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    I used Keel Easy on my PA-14 and Outback LE at the man rub points under the Hull. I found it to be very expensive, but worth trying.

    Did everything right on application with a heat gun and a roller to get it tight. Sad to report it started to peel away from the hull after 5-6 outings. I made the mistake of barley touching the asphalt unloading the Outback and it put a gouge in it pretty quick.

    I think this stuff maybe a little thicker than Gorilla Tape?? But it is NOT as durable as us Yakkers would like it to be.

    It has ALL been removed from my hulls.
    Yak67
    2017 Hobie PA-12
    2016 Hobie Outback LE#217
    Last edited by Yak67; 03-16-2017 at 08:19 PM.

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    I got several layers of gorilla tape on my outback.Last me a whole season. Much cheaper but works good.

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