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Old 03-05-2000, 03:30 PM
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Minor Keel Repair

Both the previous owner of my boat & myself always launched from a trailer at ramps where there was no dock. Therefore, each launch & retrieve required beaching the boat. Now, after four seasons, the front part of the keel is very "worn". In fact, the gel-coat is completely gone, exposing the raw fiberglass, in a strip about 1" wide & 30" long. This is not really a structural problem, but it will only get worse so, I should repair it. My thoughts are:
(1) Gel-coat repair kit
(2) resin/epoxy
(3) saw in a catalog a Kevlar strip with a heat activated adhesive that claims to solve this problem permanently.

(1) Would be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it would just keep coming back.

(2) Would be more durable, but may not look so good.

(3) Sounds like a great idea, but it may just be a gimmick product.

Any input from boat owners with similar problems and repair results would be appreciated.

GregO
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