This post is not an instructional post … but is here to give me a record which I can refer back to when I find I need to do the job again.
So, by way of introduction I have previously glassed on a keel strip but this was over a year ago. I was very content with the results and I believe the materials cost about 50% less than having the work done on a paying basis.
I previously, and this time used the instructions I found online at http://www.seakayakermag.com/2004/Oct04/KeelStrip03.htm
I used 200 grams of resin to lay the tape on, and finished the keel strip with 300 grams of pigmented ‘Flowcoat’ I used a 2% mix of Catalyst working outside on a bright clear day at 18° C.
I took the skeg out, and the cable I replaced some 3 months ago was in perfect condition. My boat had a Valley cable skeg with a stainless steel flat tape cable. It required continual maintenance, the manufacturers even had a video demo on their website. The problem was rusting.
I discovered a supplier in the UK several years ago who’s cable has been good in my P&H boat for over 5 years. Here’s their Website http://www.tecni-cable.co.uk/
3mm 1×19 A4-AISI 316 Stainless Steel Cable MBL 720 kgs
Catalogue Code 602.000.030 http://goo.gl/zzDO0
as the 3mm cable for the skeg, I also ordered this 4mm PVC covered Stainless Cable with the fittings to enable me to rig up a good Security cable for locking the boats up. I made up a 6 meter length which gives plenty of scope for securing multiple boats. It is a great deterrent with its highly visible red coating.