UHMW runners on a canoe

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  1. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

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    I use an aluminum square back canoe to hunt a managed area that involves pulling quite a few dikes every hunt. Obviously the bottom gets beat to hell from dragging it on rocks and gravel. The locals run 1436’s with UHMW runners on them and a chainsaw winch to pull the dikes. I’m not investing that much into this. I want to protect the bottom of my canoe the best and most affordable way I can and if I can avoid welding runners on it then that’s great. I’m thinking of bolting UHMW strips to the bottom. Will that actually hold up? Any other ideas?
     
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    Could you rig a set of wheels on the back end and pick the front end up and carry it?
     
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    I would rather not. The runners are standard on every boat used there. I’m just wanting to try and avoid welding. I’m thinking just bolting uhmw strips to the bottom should hold.
     
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    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    I would think so/
     
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    How about Frog Spit or similar paint-on slippery surface?
     
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    I put Gator-Glide on three of my boats last summer. Dragging them over rocks and riprap is taking the GG right off.
    The plastic strips, bolted on (they bolt the UHMW poly on airboat bottoms) should do what you want. I'd use Stainless Steel flathead Phillips machine screws. NOTE: their cost will make you light-headed.
     
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    Then I’m assuming it would be good to seal them just for reassurance?
     
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    I would seal any bolt hole going through a hull.

    I would BOLT the strips on instead of using screws.
     
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    I would think bolts would hold up better. Counter sink the heads or bolts into the strips and then seal the pocket.
     
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    I put a glide slick type coating on the ODC last summer and it scrapes off with most any contact with debris or rocks.

    IMO, as many of these products were developed for usage in areas (coastal marshes) that likely don't have a lot of rocky situations, this should be factored into not only the purchase decision but ongoing maintenance considerations.
     
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