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Thread: Keel Protection for Hobie

  1. #11
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    I drop down 2 rubber backed bathroom rugs where I know I will be dragging the stern of the yak. This is a lot easier than sticking on the keel protector strip.
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    The only reason I am considering such is the new Berkley Pro transducer side imaging mount is a little higher profile than the factory model...
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    Ron,

    I'm hoping for good weather this weekend to install my BerleyPro Xducer cover also.

    Can anyone generate a drawing to show where I should install extra protection? I'd prefer to get the entire boat tidy'd up before my first outing, to maintain best condition possible for prolonged life-span and decent re-sale value. Are we talking the keel itself, both sides, the underside of the hull at all low-points (and low hanging berleypro xducer mount), and I also see the CBBT guys gorilla tape + 1/2" plastic tubing along each side, bow to stern.
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    Mine has been installed- put it all together on my Outback the day the mailman delivered it- can't wait to get it wet...but fickle March weather keeps throwing hard curve balls over the outside edge of the plate...snow, sleet, freezing rain, wind blowing its ass off...gurrr....
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    Wish I knew about this earlier, I just put one on my Native Ultimate, but did it in fiberglass. Works well, but was a lot more work.
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    I have a welcome mat that I put down for the exact same location and reason. Funny enough, I just ordered the Keel eazy for that location. It was only $8 for the strip I needed. I got tired of putting that mat down and lining it up just right
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    Jeremy,

    Please post a photo when you've installed the Keel Eazy.

    Like a few others here with the same issue, I place a carpet on my driveway during loading to protect the stern keel. I'm pretty good at estimating how far from my bumper to place it after all the times I've loaded my kayaks. When I get to the launch, if it is all hard surface, I use a floor mat from the van. Otherwise, I unload my kayak on a grassy surface whenever possible. Most of the launches I use are not exclusively hard surface.
    Mark

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    KeelEazy does the job pretty well. I have it on my Revo on the keel as well as the sides. It's a thin pvc type material and holds up decently. If you are pilling rubbing it starts to loosen after a couple of seasons. But some goop will help it stay longer.

    I have yet to put anything on my outback because I'm not fully convinced by the cost effectiveness of the KeelEazy.
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    I have not added protection to a keel, Hobie or otherwise. Here are two brainstorming ideas that may or may not work.

    1) Some kayaks come with a replaceable plastic section at the back of the keel. After is wears down, you can remove it and add a new piece. Even if your kayak does not have that feature built in, perhaps you could glue a strip of plastic (cutting board, Star board, etc) to the rear of the keel as a sacrificial strip. It may add a small amount of additional drag, but probably would not be a noticeable reduction in speed.

    2) Get some the tough material that is used to coat beds of pickup trucks (for example Line-X). Mask the keel area and spray a strip on the bottom of the keel either along the full keel or just in the rear.
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    For what it is worth, and I believe I found it a few years ago on this site, I used weather and ice shield flashing, cut to length and cover with numerous layers of HD gorilla tape. Going on my 3 year with it.
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