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sport15er posted 06-21-2000 09:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
I know beaching is something to avoid, however, has anyone used the 'Beachee' blanket? Looks like a good idea, just checking if there's someone who's used it....
To check it out, paste this site:
sport15er posted 06-21-2000 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
p.s. one thing I want to definetly avoid is applying any type of 'keel or bowshield'...
eolson posted 06-27-2000 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     
OK, I'll ask the obvious. Why do you want to avoid using a keelguard strip? I was thinking of applying one to my 1985 Whaler 15' Sport.

Gainesville, FL

sport15er posted 06-28-2000 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Although I think the keelguards are a great idea, I think they may interfere with the boats performance, and can also take away from the value of the boat; since you will be
'fastening' it to your bow.
Just a personal preference, I haven't seen a Whaler with one on, has anyone else used one?
I'd like to hear more about them.
Clark Roberts posted 06-29-2000 04:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
A keel guard ("Cutwater" by Whaler) is great protection should you hit a waterborn or submerged object and good for beaching... I use a keel guard on all my Whalers (currently 5) and so do lots of others in this NE Fla. area.. as to detracting from boats value ???? It's a personal dicision of course and a matter of choice (hurray for choice!!!) I , and lots of others, don't like painted bottoms on Whalers.. and anti-fouling paint, in some cases, makes lots of sense... I just prefer the looks of an unpainted Whaler.... opps... there goes that "choice" thing again....BTW, I fabricate my own "cutwaters" from stainless "semi-round" which is about 3/4" wide and I drill and tap into the keel (not through) for #10 machine screws (no sheet metal screws or pop rivits) happy Whalin'
Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
sport15er posted 06-29-2000 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
The 3/4" stainless guard sounds great to me, I've only seen the wider types in person & magazines; they just look too bulky to me.
Do you have a picture anywhere that I could check out?
djmerrill posted 06-30-2000 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for djmerrill  Send Email to djmerrill     
I had a standard keelguard put on the bow of my 17' Outrage this spring. The previous owner had done a fair amount of damage to the front of the keel, from either beaching or a more likely a grounding while docked. the gel coat was worn off, and the glass worn down to where I could see the weave, butit was not yet exposed.

I had Bowden Marine in Bar Harbor ME re-glass the damaged 18" of keel, and apply the keel guard to lessen the likelyhood of re-damaging that area. It is a plastic/rubber/composite affair held on with marine adhesive, 3M5200 I assume, but did not verify. It was painted something close to desert tan and looks fine!

It does not affect performance at all since the bow area is out of the water when I'm at speed. As far as value goes, some owners are meticulous about never beaching their boats. For those owners that have unpainted, unscratched bottoms, I agree that a keelguard may detract from the appearance and the value somewhat. For those of us that do beach occassionally, with hulls already less than perfect, they are a nice addition.

sport15er posted 06-30-2000 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Clark, when you drill and tap into the keel, are you installing a threaded insert or tapping directly into the keel? Just wondering.., I like the sounds of it and hope you have a pic to show soon.
sport15er posted 06-30-2000 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
dj, do you have a pic of your boat, showing your guard, on this site?
I'm still undecided which way I'm going on mine, but do want some type of protection.
Clark Roberts posted 07-01-2000 06:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
15er, no photos yet... sooner or later will get some on cetacia.. no insert, just drill and tap the glas, I use a "bottoming" tap and also "bed" with silicon. It's quick, easy and permanent. Clark
djmerrill posted 07-04-2000 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for djmerrill  Send Email to djmerrill     

Yes and no. The picture taken recently, (with the Whaler Frontier in the background)was taken with the keelguard on, but obviously you can't see it since its below the waterline. Sorry, no help... With the boat at rest, it the top of the guard is just at the waterline. The next time I have it on the trailer I'll take a picture of it.


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