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Old 12-10-2019, 05:57   #1
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Dinghy Wear Bars?

I don't know what else to call them...

My fiberglass RIB has been dragged up and down beaches too often, and it's starting to wear at the low points in the hull; the keel and two "strakes" (molded in to the hull.)

I was thinking of putting on some sort of wear bar, for lack of a better term. But I'm not sure what material to use, or how to secure it to the hull.

Suggestions?
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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

On the "strakes", add SS rub rail pieces. Do not have any pics of our dinghy, but did this a few years back and been working great.
Could also use a sacrificial plastic, but like the SS rub rail, may need fasteners since many plastics do not glue up that well to gel coat.


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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

There is a product or two for this. You can apply an epoxy bead about 10 mm diameter along the surface. There is a durable stick on tape strip made for this.

Google search images. tape strip boat bottom protection. I got these images. We$t marine and others carry this but you may do better on Amazon.

I fill bottom flaws with white MarineTex, We$t Marine.
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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

We now have a Del Quay 13.5 for our dinghy. It is kind of a Boston Whaler knockoff, but one of the different features, are bronze strips that protect the tri-hull keels from damage. They seem to work, (and, I often had to do epoxy repair on our Boston Whaler 11 tender from dragging it over iron shore beaches down in the Bahamas).

It seems like it would be easy to reproduce that, with stainless steel rub rail and epoxy.
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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

The solid SS rub rail was fairly easy to bend/fit, but used urethane adhesive (instead of epoxy) and used a fastener on each end in case it was hit so it wouldn't pop off.
While the metal strip is very robust for dragging on the beach, rock, etc., care must be taken on deck to not scratch the finish. This is where the plastic stick on strips could be a better alternative.


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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

I’m not fond of holes in the bottom or adding the weight. Plastic strip is light, easily applied and the extra width is more protection.

BTW, use two long skinny boat bumpers to roll the dinghy up a beach. It’s easier and you keep it off the stone.
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Re: Dinghy Wear Bars?

Thanks everyone! I'm liking the sound of flexible adhesive strips. I was thinking SS would be ideal, but adhering it seems like I'd either be making holes in the hull, or trusting an adhesive and risking having them pulled off if they caught on a rock.

There were some REALLY pricey solutions, which look great. But frankly I don't drag it along a beach very often; mostly the wear is from the PO. So anything over $100 is pretty much out of the running.

For a mere $12 (including shipping) I ordered just a couple of feet of "KeelEazy" 2-inch tape. I really only need maybe a foot, but hey, at that price I might as well splurge!

I'll try to remember to post back here when I've had a chance to apply it. Feel free to remind me if I don't!
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