I must say that it had never occurred to me before that there could be more than one way to skin this particular cat – hull protection while towing.
The ‘normal’ style undercover can be a bit of a fiddle to get on and off, but this idea goes at keeping the spray away from a whole different viewpoint.
Photos © David Williamson
We have always padded our trailers with carpet strips to protect the keel. This is what kiwi Graham Brown is up to….
- This photo shows the placement of the venturi (super sucker) 100mm aft of the keel flange.
- This is the lowest part of the hull when sailing and thus captures all water in the boat (no added weight).
- It also strategically placed to create the least drag by being in an area of low turbulence and disrupted water flow.
- Note the large launching pads and keel protection box. These totally reduce launch and retrieval damage, especially when launching into waves.
(Thanks to Graham Brown)