Posted by Kerry Grissett on September 28, 2001 at 14:17:17:
Just thought I'd run this by the NAFF readers and see if any of you have any suggestions... especially from personal experience!
I have an aluminum boat and since I often fish alone, I have a habit of (gently) running the front of the boat onto the bank or ramp so that I can get out without getting my feet wet. Of course, the inevitable happened. No matter how gently this is done, the keel eventually wears out and leaks. I had only a small place worn away (about 1.5 inch 'crack') right on the center of the keel where it first reaches its lowest point.
A friend of mine helped me patch the spot with pc11, but I am sure it would not hold for long with me beaching my boat in the same manner. So, I went looking for a keel guard and found one at a local boat store... for about $175.00. That was for a full hull length keel guard. I found shorter guards on the internet for as "little" as $106.00. So, I am trying to find something else to use at a MUCH lower cost and hopefully someone or a few of you have some experience with this.
My keel has a "spline" that resembles a corner mold in shape, is raised about 1 inch or so from the hull and is about 1 inch or so wide. I have thought about spitting a hard, yet flexible hose and using that, but like I said I am looking for someone who has tried other ways of doing this successfully without buying the high dollar commercial keel guards that are available.
Thanks in advance for your help,
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