When aerospace engineer, Andrew Grogono, launched his simple idea to prevent gelcoat surfaces from being damaged by rope and line chafe, he never expected to find such a large market awaiting him.
Total sales worldwide have recently surpassed the 10,000 mark. Orders have been received from all round the globe and they continue to increase, thanks to positive feedback from satisfied customers. Easy to fit, they not only hide existing damage but they also eliminate further damage, thus protecting yacht re-sale values.
The product comprises an ultra thin sheet of marine grade stainless steel, fitted with a high tech aerospace adhesive, ready for immediate fitting to your yacht. Applications vary widely and experience has shown where, and where not, to fit “WearAndTearPads”. Where they excel is on gelcoat surfaces, for which they were originally designed. They are not suitable on wood (eg teak), aluminum, and some rough painted surfaces and they cannot be fitted where compound curvature exists (ie. curvature in two axes).
The original application protecting the cockpit combing from chafe caused by the genoa furling line still outsells all other applications. ie. gunwales with mooring and fender lines, and cabin tops with sheets and lines.