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    Thinking of adding one of these. Wondering who uses them and any feedback. They are pretty pricey, but of course its insurance and you only know the value of insurance when you don't have it! I am primarily thinking it should help when loading and unloading the boat from the trailer.

    1982 Whaler Montauk 90HP( sold)[br]1977 25 Mako CC 225HP

  • #2
    I have one and do not have any complaints. I added keel bunks to my trailer years ago, so I do not have any issues with trailer; mine is strictly for beaching. Plus it covers up where keel was blocked up painting and never got touched up [B)].

    Be patient with install and fallow directions.

    \'93 241
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten -


    • #3
      Its not that pricey when you consider what it would cost to fix the keel professionaly. Chuck b is right take your time installing and follow the instructions once you start to stick it on your not moving it. I installed one on my boat but have yet to put the boat in the water. But I know Im gonna love having piece of mine when I beach the boat
      1989 mako 191


      • #4
        Have installed them on every boat I've owned. The beaches out here tend to be a mixture of sand/gravel, or just plain sandstone, not to mention that normal afternoon winds, cause some occasional tense moments and havoc when loading onto the trailer.

        EASILY, one of the BEST "bang-for-the-buck" investments I've ever done to protect the keel. []
        Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]


        • #5
          Our florida intercoastal boat,edgewater, has one installed. It only took a little while to install, and it saves damage for sure. The double stick tape they use is incredible ....
          [br]1994 Mako 215 Dual console Optimax 225[br]1978 Mako 19 with 90hp johnson[br]1996 Mako 22[br]1982 Mako 171 Angler 135 Black Max Mercury[br]1987 21b 225 Yamaha[br]1974 23 inboard Gusto gone.[br]1979m21 225johnson \"blue dolphin\" bought off this board and restored [br]with everyone\'s help!!Gone but not Forgotten....[br]1979 20 Mako 115 Suzuki gone[br]1977 19 Mako 115 Johnson gone[br]1976 23 Mako twin 140 Johnsons gone[br]1983 224 with closed transom and bracket[br]And 162 SOB (some other boats)[br]Venice Florida, Traverse city Mi.


          • #6
            What about boats with bottom paint? Blast it down to gelcoat, install the guard and the tip the paint around it?
            1991 221 w/ 225 yamaha[br]Margate NJ[br]221 Fuel tank/rewire[br]


            • #7
              Installed on my sons 14' Scout. Very pleased with it after two seasons. Lots of beaching.

              Sanded off the bottom paint where it was to be installed and wiped down with acetone. Will put one on my Mako 221b next season.
              John[br]Gloucester, MA[br]1993 Mako 221B. [br]