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    Default Additional skid protection on bottom of 7' 9" Eastport Pram?

    I was recently given a 7' 9" Eastport Pram with a sailing rig in good condition, and am wondering if anyone has added any abrasion protection beyond the two skid pieces and skeg?

    FYI I haven't done anything to the hull yet, just varnishing the DB and rudder so far.

    The two laps outside of the skids are a bit worn and scraped up, so I'm considering removing the paint and adding thickened epoxy along those laps. Nothing too tall or ugly (hopefully), but just enough to keep the wood from being damaged if the pram is beached on gravel.



    The bottom is level and true, with about 3/4" clearance between the laps and the brass 1/4 round capped skids. But any tilting or unevenness in the beach will scrape the laps to the side of each skid.





    Last edited by Thorne; 02-05-2020 at 12:39 PM.
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    Default Re: Additional skid protection on bottom of 7' 9" Eastport Pram?

    Use it for a season first and see where the damage ends up. The Salish 100 will reveal much.
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    Default Re: Additional skid protection on bottom of 7' 9" Eastport Pram?

    When epoxy coating the lap add a strip of abrasion-resistant fabric. Also consider making the bilge runners deeper by adding a doubler under the brass, tapering them off to the two ends.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Additional skid protection on bottom of 7' 9" Eastport Pram?

    Recommend laminating Kevlar fabric, then mixing in graphite in the final coat. Works great on the oyster shells, rocks and concrete boat landings around here.

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    Default Re: Additional skid protection on bottom of 7' 9" Eastport Pram?

    Over time, Ive just built up thichened epoxy where the dings happen on Jans el toro.
    Sand em smoove or smoove em out with vinegar when half kicked off.
    Its a good place for 404 , not 407.

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