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KayakCraft does NOT call for brass stem bands.
We had a number of customers report that repeated beach or rocky shelf landings had worn through the epoxy and cloth just under the stems, leaving exposed wood to be repaired. We made a number of kayaks with the leading edge of the bow and stern stems flattened to 3/8", then installed the brass strip - problem solved.
This product includes 2 BRASS STEM BANDS 48" x 3/8" wide. Attach with 3/4" #4 flat or oval head brass screws (not supplied) and a dab of clear silicone.
The stem band, made of malleable brass, can take many years of abrasion. Brass naturally tarnishes and darkens, but can be buffed back to a shine with steel wool and a metal polish such as Brasso.
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