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 Post subject: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:58 pm 
I recently purchased an older Klepper aerius II. There is apparent wear to the keel strip and I would like to repair/reinforce the strip and would appreciate suggestions. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 5:27 pm 
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Adding or replacing a keel strip can be a tricky/messy affair, depending on how skilled you are. I would contact Mark at Longhaul Folding Kayaks and get his advice, and you can also buy the materials from him if you decide to go that route. That said, how bad is the wear? The keel strip is there as a sacrificial layer to protect the hull itself, so many folks simply live with some wear as long as it has not penetrated to the hull. Some pics would help.

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:30 pm 
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I was in Ft Lauderdale with a newly acquired 1972 Klepper preparing for the roughness of the coral in the Florida Keys. After extensive searching came up with the idea of checking with an inflatable boat builder. They were able to sell me a high quality corrugated like rubber which they use on their boats. It is 4" wide by length cut to size. They also have a quality glue by the same manufacturer.

I ran two strips front to back and it is working great. The rubber and glue product is french made. It was pricy total about $200. but well worth it. The guy let me use his grinder to sand down the back of the rubber and take the shine off it which is a requirement for good adhesion. I had to do this by hand on my boat so I taped it and went to town. The strips veer apart in the middle of the boat based on where I noticed wear patterns/ patches from the past. I removed all the old patches.

There are a few rubber boat builders in Ft Lauderdale if you want to find similiar. The place I bought from had a number in the name, maybe a 49.


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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:25 am 
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Hate to expose my naivete so quickly, but would something like this be a big mistake? https://amzn.to/2rHNs4R


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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Abstemious wrote:
Hate to expose my naivete so quickly, but would something like this be a big mistake? https://amzn.to/2rHNs4R


That’s chemically similar to neoprene and Hypalon, but I don’t know if it’s compatable. Cheap enough to do some small tests, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:06 pm 
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I abraided a new long haul skin in a couple places and put on short strip of 2" black "Gorrilla" tape to see how it would do. It has stayed on a couple years with no ill effects from paddling , sailing , folding or storage.
Best,
Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:05 am 
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I had a quick look at the strips available from Amazon and the heading says 36 inches long. It,s best to have full length strips. They are not difficult to put on, two people are best to hold the strip up so it dosn,t contact until you are ready. I have done it several times. the best adhesive is a two part one, you get very little hardener so try and follow the instructions. On my hardshell Triak I have wear strips made from the wide Gorilla tape, two strips one on top of the first. and this has stood up well even in the sea so that could be a consideration.


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