Composite Keelband Gasket Kit
Installing gaskets on a 505 is a challenging project. This kit has been designed to help achieve better results, a longer lasting gasket, and make it dead-simple to change the sealing rubber when required. Credit to Howard Hamlin who came up with this idea as an alternative to conventional aluminum keelbands.
The keelband strips and single-piece front plate are manufactured from precision CNC cut epoxy/glass laminate (FR4/G10 Garolite). This material will last the life of your boat as there is no galvanic reaction with the stainless fasteners and salt water. The parts are supplied with some additional length to allow a custom fit to each boat.
Keelband parts can also be provided without holes, if you would like to re-use your existing holes. However, this approach is challenging and we recommend filling all your existing holes and using our pre-drilled parts as a drilling template using a self-centering hinge drill bit (optional extra).
IMPORTANT: the single-piece front plate varies in design for each manufacturer of 505. We have developed designs for most types of 505 hulls, but as all boats can vary slightly, please fill out this measurement form and we will be able to provide the best fitting kit for your boat.
Each Kit Includes:
2 - keelband strips, drilled and countersunk
1 - single-piece front plate, drilled and countersunk
1 - full set of screws suitable for the gasket strips
1 - sealing rubber
1 - dacron gasket set
Pro-tip: purchase an extra front plate and sealing rubber that can be pre-made and in your toolbox so that if the rubber tears at a regatta it can be changed out in about 10 minutes.
Additional items that can be added to the kit:
- single-piece front plate
- sealing rubber
- dacron gasket set
- self-centering hinge drill bit
- contact cement