Are skeg guards worth it? That’s a question that many boat enthusiasts ask when considering installing one. Here’s why they are.
Have you ever forgotten to trim up when you enter shallow water? All it takes is once, even at low speeds, to do serious damage to your outboard or inboard/outboard motor.
If you are on the fence about putting a skeg guard on your boat, here are some reasons you should.
Why are skeg guards worth it?
No Time Lost on the Water for Repairs
Whether you work on the water or you enjoy spending your recreation time on your boat, you don’t want to lose any time to repairs. Aside from being costly, taking your boat in for repairs means less time on the water.
A skeg guard could prevent the need to take your boat in to the shop at all, or at least reduce the extent of the damage you sustain in an underwater impact.
Improved Fuel Economy
Not all skeg guards have this benefit, but thanks to the Hydro-Shield’s design as a skeg guard and hydrofoil, you can spend less on fuel. Going out on your boat can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to hurt your wallet as bad as it currently does.
Another benefit of the Hydro-Shield design is its ability to improve your vessel’s handling. In addition to protecting your lower unit, our skeg guard hydrofoil provides better responsiveness that requires less effort to steer.
Peace of Mind in Shallow Waters
Even a minor impact in shallow waters can result in dings and scratches on your skeg. While these may not seem like a big deal, they can affect your boat’s performance. Knowing that you have extra protection can be a big weight off your shoulders in case of an impact.
Low Price Compared to Repairs
When you compare the cost of repairs with the cost to install a Hydro-Shield, it’s obvious why so many choose to add protection. Installation is a one-time cost, while you can have any number of accidents that lead to skeg and prop damage.
Are skeg guards worth it, you ask? Skeg repairs can cost as much as $300 or more and propeller damage can cost as much as $500 if you need to buy a new one. Here’s how much a Hydro-Shield costs. You be the judge.
Protect Your Skeg and Prop Now
You never know when you are going to have an underwater impact. It could happen the next time you are out on the water. If you want to protect your skeg and your wallet, it is a good idea to invest in a skeg guard now to save yourself a headache.