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Old 11-06-2009, 09:33   #1
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RIB Bottom Repair

Just wondering if anyone out there has a way of protecting their Hull from rocks.

I just bought a used RIB glass bottom inflatable, it had a small hole in the hull where the bottom hits ground. I glassed it and now would like to put a keelguard on it.

When I went to find out pricing on Keelguard and Keelshield, I almost wet myself....lol. If I am not mistaken its just a piece of plastic or rubber that glues to the Hull bottom.

Is there any thing out there less expensive that will do the same trick??


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Old 11-06-2009, 10:52   #2
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Are you talking about putting something on the keel/ "V"? or elsewhere?
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:04   #3
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Just on the "V" from about 4 inch above the waterline, and running back about 4 feet
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When cruising Mexico, I learned how to read the swell so we could come into the beaches (rather steep and sandy) in our Avon 3.10 RIB at full chat behind the biggest wave. We could get out of the boat safe and dry, but it wore away the glass on the last few inches of the bottom and also at the turn of the bow. I just made a couple of guards out of some sheet stainless and attached them with some 3M5200 and some ss screws. Worked great and didn't cost much. They were about 6 inches fore and aft, and about 9 inches across, and bent to fit.

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I have this stuff on mine: MegaWare

i guess it is the same as you were looking at. It works very well.
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I've been thinking of a Dynel strip. Has anyone tried this approach?

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