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Post by JHMAC » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:58 pm

I am looking for advice/recommendations re the pros and cons of the fitting of a Keel Strip on a new boat. Strongly recommended? Internal or external? "why grind out several years wear and tear on a new boat to fit the strip? Why not wait till you need a keel strip?"

Any clarification, points to consider, surely can't leave me any more confused that I already am!!

Howard

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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:44 pm

Hi Howard, I got one fitteed to my Quest and have just ordered a Nordkapp LV with one. Both these boats have fairly thin flexible bottoms.
Yesterday between Plockton and Kyleakin I rammed several submrged rocks in the Quest because we were paddling straight into a low sun. The keel strip protected the hull.

I did not bother getting a keelstrip fitted to the Alaw Bach as the fiberglass on the hull is much thicker and stiffer than the above.

Hope that helps.

Douglas

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Post by Mark R » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:46 pm

Essential for myself, as I often paddle alone...sometimes, you have no choice but to drag the darned boat.
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Post by RichardCree » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:10 pm

Hi Howard, 2 reasons for a keel strip, to protect the finish or to stiffen the boat.

if you invisage lots of dragging then put it on the outside, if you want it for strength, dont waste the lines and put it on the inside.

Rockpool stifffen the keel line on the inside, and wont fit a keel strip on the outside because it spoils the look.

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Post by Hamish » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:28 pm

I am considering getting a strip on my Quest. Is fibreglass OK or should I use diolen?

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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:32 pm

It has to be said that Mr Richard Cree has some considerable expertise that qualifies him to pass comment on keel strips.
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Hamish take it to P&H and they will fit kevlar.

Douglas

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Post by Mike Marshall » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:41 pm

Definitely have one.
A small drag on Mull a year ago resulted in the gel disappearing down to the resin on my Sirius at the stern, and you cant always use a trolley, esp in soft sand.
I have just requested one on the Quest from P&H with Kevlar as it is much more resistant (approx 2.5 times).
It is an outside strip, dont think they look too bad personally, however it never wears on the inside??!

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Post by CaileanMac » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:56 am

MikeM,

RichardC posed the question - is the keel strip for A) protection or for B) strength/rigidity

If it's 'A' you want then - keel strip outside and if it's 'B' then inside it goes.

Are you paddling out to Kilda or heading out on a organised charter boat trip?

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Post by MikeB » Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:02 am

Well worth having - make sure you specify what colour you want (it would be dangerous to assume that just because you have (say) a white hull, you'll get a white keel strip.)

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Post by Zoe Newsam » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:47 am

Howard, if I know you, you'll need one for rockhopping!

What's the new boat?

Zoe

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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:39 am

MikeB>
Well worth having - make sure you specify what colour you want (it would be dangerous to assume that just because you have (say) a white hull, you'll get a white keel strip.)

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Post by RichardCree » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:27 am

Douglas not that picture, it upsets Mike and Aled ;-)

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Post by MikeB » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:47 am

Douglas Wilcox wrote:

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Douglas
Yep, thats the pic I had in mind! I'd have thought it would be a "given", but seemingly not. Mike.

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Post by Zoe Newsam » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:38 pm

P&H boats are the only ones I've seen with a 'raw' keel strip- Everyone else seems to gelcoat over them to match the hull. NDK will do a coloured keel strip- black on a coloured hull looks quite nice, really- matches the seam line.

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St Kilda

Post by Mike Marshall » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:43 pm

Cailean
Just Booked with Andy Spinks for the charter trip:-)
Big Grin as I type it. Cant wait.

Did consider the paddle out, however, timescales and weather windows would mean too much time hanging around, whereas with this I WILL be going somewhere and paddling in the week slot, without thinking about travel, logistics etc.

It will still remain on my "list to do" as a classic voyage, along with Isle of Man from Anglesey and Porth Dafarch to Dublin. (Already nailed France!)

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Post by JHMAC » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:24 pm

Hi Zoe,

I tried to be strong and show restraint, but I've been seduced by the sexy slim temptress, Nordkapp LV.

Cheers!

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Post by Quest 129 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:17 am

Hamish wrote:I am considering getting a strip on my Quest. Is fibreglass OK or should I use diolen?
Hamish I would recommend you take your boat to P&H for your keel strip.
I did and they were very helpful and did a first class job.

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Re: St Kilda

Post by Zoe Newsam » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:36 am

Mike Marshall wrote: Already nailed France!

MikeM
Did France not complain?? Ouch! ;0)

Zoe

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