MarsKeel was excited to have Andy Adams from Boating Industry Canada visit our keel facility to talk about keel repair importance and our processes. We are pleased to share the below article featured in the April 2014 edition of Boating Industry Canada Magazine he wrote after his visit.
THE KEEL OUT OF SIGHT OUT, OF MINDâ€¦ ALWAYS A FACTOR
By: Andy Adams
IS THE KEEL the most often ignored part of your customerâ€™s boat? Here is a profit-making, customer benefit idea for our readers in the marina, yacht club, repair yard and brokerage businesses. The suggestion is to promote keel maintenance and repair. Your customerâ€™s lead keel is out of sight and out of mind almost all the time, but it is always a factor in the boatâ€™s performance, handling and safety. The lead keel on your customerâ€™s sailboat is working at all times, stabilizing the vessel at rest and giving it directional stability underway, but if itâ€™s been bent or damaged, it may be fighting the helm every mile of the way. Letâ€™s get the good news out on the table right awayâ€“a damaged lead keel can be repaired in most cases. We say â€œin most casesâ€ because thereâ€™s an economic reality involved. As the boat ages, its value drops. A keel repair on a relatively new boat might be a cause of upset for the owner but economically, itâ€™s probably well justified given the value of the vessel. The cost of a keel repair becomes more and more significant as the value of the boat drops over time, to the point where an owner may deem it not worthwhile.
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