Just because you have an Aluminum Boat doesn’t mean that you can’t, or do not need - a form of keel protection. Rocks, concrete boat ramps, and rough shorelines do no favors even for an aluminum hull. Causing scratches, dings, and possibly puncturing the metal itself. We were recently approached by a boater mentioning that you cannot install a KeelShield Keel Guard on an aluminum hull unless it was completely flat, which is simply untrue. We’d like to help show you how you can protect your aluminum boat and ensure you receive a lifetime of use from your KeelShield.
Will KeelShield fit my Aluminum Boat? More than likely it will, as the KeelShield Keel Guard fits and installs easily on ¾ of the aluminum boat brands out there due to it's tough & flexible nature. As it's 100% Pure Polyurethane. You'll find them on Tracker Boats, Vexus Boats, Xpress, Crestliner, Ranger Boats, Lowe and more. As you see in the example above, hull designs such as Lund and Alumacraft have sharp edges and large protruding keel bones that prevent KeelShield from the adhesion & performance you desire. To see if your keel design works with our product - visit our boat compatibility list here.
No Gators were harmed in the production of this article...and if you accidentally do hit a Gator - you might need to look where you are going and invest in a SkegShield. By installing a KeelShieldyou provide insurance against the hazards in the water where your keel is the first point of contact, especially if you are running an aluminum rig where you may brag about “Taking it Anywhere”. For the North Country boaters - rocky shorelines, boulders, and reefs can wreak havoc on your aluminum hull. For the Southerners, timber and debris while running the lake or river can be a huge hazard. If you want to make your tin rig truly as tough as a gator - it’s a smart idea, and possible... to install a KeelShield. If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach us at any time at Info@Gator-Guards.com or call us at 888-594-5335