Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

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Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

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Hi,

I've recently bought a 2nd hand Tiderace Xceed kayak which is in pretty good condition but has a few scratches underneath that I'd like (and have been advised by a friend) to get sorted and covered with a keel strip.

I've been searching around for someone/company that is able to do this and so far, apart from one recommendation that hasn't returned calls/emails, have drawn a blank - does anyone have any suggestions on companies (boat builders etc) that they've used for getting a keel strip fitted and minor work to sort scratches?
I'm based near Southampton so ideally around there or Portsmouth would be great but willing to travel to get it done right!

Any thoughts/suggestions or recommendations would be a huge help

thanks
Simon

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Re: Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

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You can do it yourself
50mm diolen strip
Resin and catalyst
Resin roller
50mm wide masking tape
Flowcoat with microspheres and catalyst (to cover it)
Video below

Southern sea kayaks will do it £100 winterborne whitechurch in Dorset
https://www.sseak.co.uk/kayak-repairs/

You could go for an iron on keel easy.





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Hi Simon.

I think Simon at South Coast Canoe's now undertakes fibreglass refurb and repairs.
https://www.south-coast-canoes.co.uk/
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He's not too far from you.

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Re: Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

Post by PeterG »

Adds weight and little strength, cosmetic scratches enhance that delightful patina people pay extra for in stone or enzyme washed fashion clothing. Wait until the weave is really showing through.

I did fit one to a boat once and regretted it, after a few years the strip proved stiffer than the carbon-kevlar layup of the hull and started cracking and breaking off where I'd been left suspended from rocks in poorly judged rock hopping. Taking it off allowed the hull to flex as it should. The boat is still in good paddling condition, if a little scratched, 10 years on.

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Re: Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

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charleston14 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:02 pm


Southern sea kayaks will do it £100 winterborne whitechurch in Dorset
https://www.sseak.co.uk/kayak-repairs/
Another vote for Steve Jones at Southern Sea Kayaks - does really good repairs and as a fellow NDK dealer I can vouch for the quality of his work and his good nature. I know you have a Tiderace but he won't hold it against you!

Rick, https://britishseakayaks.co.uk/

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