Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is KeelEazy made of?
A: PVC backed with adhesive.
Q: Why do I need KeelEazy on my hull?
A: Fiberglass composite material is not very abrasion resistant making any area subject to rubbing very vulnerable. A composite KeelStrip is no more durable than the hull itself and is much more costly to install, nearly impossible to remove and adds weight to the boat.
Q. Why do I need HeelEazy inside my boat?
A. As on the outside, composite materials are not very abrasion resistant, and in many cases the most abrasion occurs where the paddlers heel rubs on the hull inside the cockpit. This situation is accelerated when sand or pebbles are embedded in the paddlers footwear.
Q: How durable is it?
A: Testing indicates that is 14 times more abrasion resistant than a composite keel strip.
Q: How easy is it to install?
A: It is a peel and stick application, although using a heat guns and a roller helps the adhesive grip better. Doing it your self is quite easy, however, having a KeelEazy installer do it insures a good job.
Q. How do I get the blue backing tape off without removing the tan adhesive?
A. I use a Razor blade of Razor knife, there are probably more ways as well. One suggestion is putting the tape in the freezer for a few minutes before trying to separate it. Another idea is to use an Ice pick.
Q: How long does it take to install and how long do I have to wait to use my boat?
A: A typical 17” sea kayak install takes about 30 minutes and the boat is then ready to use.
Q: How do I remove or replace it?
A: Simply apply a little heat with a hairdryer or heat gun and peel it off? Then clean the surface with Alcohol to remove any trace of the adhesive residue.
Q: Can I use Acetone to clean the boat prior to installation.
A: Only use Acetone on fiberglass boats, not on ABS or Poly boats. After the acetone clean with Isopropyl Alcohol
Q: How much weight will it add to my kayak?
A: The two inch wide KeelEazy strip weighs .6 oz per foot, which means it would add about 10 oz to a 17 foot kayak. This is less than half the weight of a similar composite strip.
Q: Do I have to run it down the entire Keel?
A: No not really, only where you suspect it may need protection. We recommend that when applying a small section that the corners of the KeelEazy strip are rounded.
Q: How expensive is KeelEazy?
A: In the 2 inch width it is only $4 per foot, meaning it would cost less that $70 to buy enough to do a full length install on a typical 17 ft kayak.
Q: Can I use it on my poly boat?
A: We have been testing it on whitewater poly boats and it appears to adhere as well as it does on Fiberglass or ABS material.
Q: Where can I see a piece of KeelEazy?
A: Check our growing list of Dealer/Installers or fill out the contact form to receive a free sample
Q: What is the warranty on the Keeleazy?
A: We sell the product, but cannot warranty the installation unless we install at our shop. Most of are dealers are the same. We provide install instructions and videos that are meant as guides to help DIY installers, but do not state or imply that the end user will successfully install the product.