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    Has anyone had success installing a stainless steel shoe on the forefoot of a fiberglass boat for beaching? Seems like a better option than the rubber type keel guards....any thoughts appreciated.

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    Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

    i dont know.
    i use a keel sheild and beach all the time on rocks and sand.
    this works well for me and the keel sheild people are great to deal with+they have more colors available if thats what your into
    not sure how you would mount SS with out drilling and bolting and then have to seal the holes.
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      Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

      How much money do you plan to spend on a custom made SS item like that? Keel Guard type products work very well.

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      • #4
        Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

        I was worried about the rubber keel guards wearing out and having a nightmare removing the epoxy...but if they last a long time and work on pebble beaches (not just sand) then I'll consider it.

        Yes, the stainless guard must be bolted in.

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          you're not gonna wear a keel guard out.
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          • #6
            Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

            beach properly, and then anchor off, and you don't even need a keel guard.
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            • #7
              Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

              the one on my boat was 20 years old and it is common use to beach nose in here. mine was getting beat up and i changed it more for looks than lack of function.+ i wanted a differnt color.

              it wasnt that bad of a job to change. your right about cleaning the old off as being the hardest part.
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                  Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                  Originally posted by tashasdaddy View Post
                  beach properly, and then anchor off, and you don't even need a keel guard.

                  i know you keep saying this and i have asked before and ask again.
                  how do you get to shore when the water temp is below 50* with out freezing your butt off?
                  i'm lucky to get with in 6' of the shore if i anchor bow out and thats with a steep shore.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                    I agree -- water is too cold around here to get wet. Need to beach.

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                    • #11
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                      All you do is scuff it a bit with a scotchbrite pad your just removing wax and dulling the surface, you could buff it right back out if you wanted.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                        you do not have to hard beach your boat, you can use one of these, they work great. http://tuggyproducts.com/anchorbuddy.html
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                        • #13
                          Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                          Yeah, I agree with TD . . . Buuuutttt where we boat it is just what you do. Water is not cold, it is just the common way people hang out where we go. You put her on the beach and leave her there while the kids play etc. I used to always anchor off. And I was always swimming to get stuff for the beach, toys, suntan stuff, more towels etc. etc. If there is sand, the boats around here are beached and tied off to a stake. Just the way it is . . .
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                            Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                            Originally posted by QC View Post
                            it is just the common way people hang out where we go. You put her on the beach and leave her there while the kids play etc. If there is sand, the boats around here are beached and tied off to a stake. Just the way it is . . .
                            I agree with TD and QC. Same thing in my neck of the woods. Everyone goes to one of two sandbars and beaches, then we all hang out together. The sand bar we usually beach on is a little rocky with river pebbles but we pull onto the sandbar slow and easy and generally I get off and pull the boat up a little further then stake it off. I have only seen a couple boats here with keel guards.

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                              Re: Stainless steel shoe on fiberglass forefoot for beaching?

                              have you checked the water temp at mead in the last few days? 50* to 55* and about 5* colder at powell

                              li'm going down there any day now and any thing under 65* is dog-gone cold to me.
                              when you anchor bow in you are able to step off the boat and on to dry land.

                              my point is-and i'll ask again, how do you guys beach or anchor bow out with out getting in the water. and if your not getting on to the beach, whats the point of getting that close in the first place?
                              my boat draws 3' min under the transom and drive. with drive all the way up. allow for wave action ect and i'm in 4' deep + how ever far it is to wade to the shore.
                              do you guys carry wet suits?

                              so far no one has told me how to anchor bow out and get to the beach with out getting wet from over the hips down.

                              and any way how can you call it beaching if your boat never touches the beach? isnt the the way your talking about just anchoring close to the shore?

                              if beaching is so wrong why are there so many keel sheild products for sale and why do i see so many people doing it? in many cases over and over?
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