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 Post subject: Beaching protection
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:25 am 
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Somewhere in the last month I saw a tape product advertised to protect the bottom of our hulls from beaching. My 17 is ready for some hull maintenance due to beaching and after I fill in the various places that need attention I would like to apply that tape. Does anyone know where I can buy it? I cannot find the ad.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:39 am 
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I know West Marine sells a product called Keel Guard. We use this on our Fire/Rescue boat to protect it when beaching. Not sure if this is what you are talking about:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/st ... ctId=51449

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 10:03 am 
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I contacted 3m and they told me that they have a product that was originally developed for the leading edge of helicopter blades. It is called Scotchcal. It is currently being used to provide an "invisible" shield on car hoods. I am trying to find it in bulk. I want to put a single trip 6" wide on the bottom of each hull. It is semi-permenant.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 10:43 am 
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If you get some, and have extra, let me know. That sounds like a good idea. I'm in the National Guard, and we have the same thing on the leading edge of the C-130 blades. but I don't know of a way to procure any for myself legally

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:17 pm 
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I just did a Google search for "Scotchcal" and ended up in 3M's website. They have more kinds of tapes than you can shake a stick at! (Including about 15-20 different kinds of Scotchcal.)

What you might want to look at are the UHMW-PE tapes (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene). They are clear, slick and highly abrasion resistant.

The web page is here


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 Post subject: Scotchcal won't work
PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 11:29 pm 
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I have a good friend who works for Finish Master, I talked to him last night about aplying the urithane tape to the hulls of a hobie He stated it will not work and will be pretty expensive $70 4'x6" It is used to replace the Bra on the hoods of cars and Trucks and does a prety good job their but no way would it protect a gelcoat from sand and pebles. :cry: Sorry thought I'd pass the Info On

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:30 am 
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Thank you for asking your friend, he may be right. 3m and several people who work with the product think it is a great idea, I bought it and will let you know next summer.

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