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CJ posted 08-27-2002 06:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for CJ   Send Email to CJ  
I want to install a keelguard on a 1988 15 footer. I would like to start right below the bow eye. Is that possible? I am worried about getting around the smirk. The way the angles meet I was wondering if I would be able to work the guard into the voids and make it look decent. Anyone here installed one of these on a similar application. Thanks.
Taylor posted 08-27-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Looks like I'm getting to be the keelguard guy. Check out the thread at

Isn't the bow eye below the smirk? You must mean the strakes.

One forum member said that he had trouble getting the Keel Guard to bend over the strakes, although the manufacturer specifically says that it works. Letting the plastic warm in the sun would be a requirement. I just went from the strakes down which protects me while beaching. Some folks seem to want to come up higher to protect the bow below the eye from the trailer. If you do this, let us know how it works over the strakes for you.

Capt_Tidy posted 09-03-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
On the weekend I spent a couple of hours rummaging through our local surplus store (Minney's in Newport Beach) and found set of stainless steel keel runners that looked close to being right... on the whim I purchased ($25) for three 15 foot lengths.

They fit perfectly to the the hull... a little heat and bending to shape and they should be made to measure.

Question... there is wood along the keel right? After all it is the strong point of the boat.

Tom W Clark posted 09-03-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

No, there is no wood along the keel. The fiberglass is considerably thicker there however.

jameso posted 09-03-2002 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
45 feet of keel guard should do an entire fleet! I think Clark has used some stainless for this too.
Jim Armstrong

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