Originally Posted by sailingdog
Another possible solution is to add a "scuff plate" to the bow. This would be a thin sheet of stainless that would be bent over the bow and designed to take the abuse that the hull is currently absorbing. You could paint it with antifouling to prevent it from getting too nasty...
SD, I've seen boats ride up on the chain far enough to scrape the anti-fouling down as far as the top of the keel. In this case, a piece of stainless over the bow wil protect the topsides, but won't be enough.. the problem is lower down.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"