Originally Posted by zeehag
it is good to know you are not badly damaged...is a serious thing to have happen...
i had considered placing a stainless protector on my ericson
, as that boat gets dinged in bow from mooring
ball and anchor
chain....but i deferred that... when you figure out your cure, please advise....
I have eliminated laminating Kevlar, for many of the reasons indirectly noted here.
A 3/16" (2.2cm) SS plate 5 feet (1.5 meters) x 2 feet. (.61 meters) folded on a break press at the angle of my bow weighs 85 lbs. 1/4" (.635cm) 110 lbs.
PVC is too easily abraded and fractured.
I am looking into High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). In 1/4" (.635cm) thickness, weighs 10.8 lbs (4.9kg) and can be heated and bent to shape.
If my initial research
bears fruit, I will probably opt for HDPE or similar plastic to be attached with adhesive
. I am reluctant to use permanent screws or bolts because of the damage at those stress points that may result due to variation in expansion/contraction between the fiberglass hull
and the HDPE protective plate over time, and the effect that a possible collision
might have at those through points.
I will advise.