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    Default Keel protection for row boat

    I'm building my first boat, a 7' Polliwog designed by Sam Devlin. The plans call for a brass keel shoe, but I don't love the idea of screwing through my paint and epoxy (and possibly compromising those layers). In addition, the keel is only 1/4'' plywood, so there's not a lot of wood to screw the brass into. My two questions are: 1) Do I need something on my keel at all? 2) And if so, are there any products that work well that I can just stick onto the keel after I paint the hull? I've seen some adhesive keel protectors, but I don't know how well they work or which is the best option.

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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    Some use kevlar strips epoxied on and then painted, or not. https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...ct.do?pid=1492

    Keeleazy works well too although it doesn't hold paint. Order by the foot: http://www.keeleazy.com/

    Then there's this stuff, which i haven't tried but will give a go all over our (fg) rowboat bottom next year. We often have to pull our boat up and down rocky shorelines when landing on islands. https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-GOOP-.../dp/B004IPC28G
    Last edited by rbgarr; 07-20-2018 at 07:29 AM.
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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    Amazing Goop? Sounds bogus. After perusing the tds, it sounds like it might just work. Epoxy with ceramic beads, Kevlar and graphite. Graphite alone is slick, but isn't much good for abrasion, but the ceramic and Kevlar are good.
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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    Kevlar or perhaps better yet Dynel. Read the first review for instructions.

    https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...bric+%2F+Cloth

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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    To answer your questions:

    1. Yes.

    2. You can try the Goop, looks interesting. I've also used truck bed liner for the same purpose. You'll want to apply it over some sort of primer/sealer, probably not paint, as the bond between the coating and the wood needs to be as strong as possible.
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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    You could glue on a strip of solid wood, and either treat it as a sacrificial piece that gets replaced after too much wear or screw the brass thing onto that.

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    Default Re: Keel protection for row boat

    Goop is a generally good brand. If it has UV resistance, maybe. But it's only a 60# wee boat. You may need to think through the motions to protect your back but it should be easy enough to just carry.

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