Frequently Asked Questions
PVC backed with adhesive.
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.
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.
Testing indicates that is 14 times more abrasion resistant than a composite keel strip.
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.
I use a razor blade of razor knife, there are probably more ways as well. One suggestion is putting the tape in the refrigerator for a few minutes before trying to separate it.
A typical 17” sea kayak install takes about 30 minutes and the boat is then ready to use.
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.
Only use Acetone on fiberglass boats, not on ABS or Poly boats. After the acetone clean with Isopropyl Alcohol
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.
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.
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.
We have been testing it on whitewater poly boats and it appears to adhere as well as it does on Fiberglass or ABS material.
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We sell the product, but cannot warranty the installation. Most of our 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.