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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

 Post subject: Re: Keel strip repair
PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 5:27 pm 
lord high faltbotmeister

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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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