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SD Boatworks Custom Carbon Fiber Kelp Sticks!

The California Kelp Forests are recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth. Though we greatly appreciate them for their incredible beauty and productiveness, it can be a real disappointment when you catch kelp on your rudder or keel. Since we like to keep boating as fun, fast and enjoyable as possible for our customers, we decided to custom fabricate a solution to this problem!

SD Boatworks is very excited to announce that we are now making our very own SD Boatworks Custom Carbon Fiber Kelp Sticks!

Julie is testing out one of our Kelp Sticks!

Kelp Sticks in production at SD Boatworks

Here is a review of our Custom Carbon Fiber Kelp Sticks from the 70′ Turbo Sled “Condor” that just completed the Cabo Race:

‘As you know, this was primarily a very windy race, and we spent lots of time (on our watch, anyway) figuring out how to slow the boat to 10 knots, so we could use the kelp stick without risking breakage. Only later did we learn that the other watch had used it at 12+ without any damage. That was important, since we were routinely hitting speeds in the 20+ range, and were not ready to take down the kite in order to remove kelp from the rudder.

The length is great; we can get all the way to the bottom of the rudder without contortions by the operator, and the curve makes it easy to get to the top of the rudder without difficulty. For some reason, it also seemed to have a magnetic draw to the kelp, and almost always seemed to hit and remove the kelp on one swipe.’

SD Boatworks Custom Fiber Kelp Sticks are now available in 10′, 12′ & 14′ sizes. Please give us a call (619-592-8682) or email (info@sdboatworks.com) to check them out or to order.

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