Q & A — February 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
| PMY Tries... Craftsman GelTek Kneepads
If you’re like me, you enjoy your hands-on engine room time. And like me, you don’t look forward to putting your knees down on some aggressive diamondplate or other rough surface and staying in that position for any length of time as you go about your maintenance regimen.
I’ve found a solution. During a recent boat test, I used a pair of Craftsman’s GelTek kneepads and found them downright comfortable during some fancy knee-walking maneuvers around a pair of big diesel engines. I also discovered they came in handy when, looking one way and walking another, I hit one knee against a protruding engine part.
The comfort comes from the air-injected gel core behind the industrial-strength plastic swivel cap. The gel, unlike foam, has memory and returns the core to its original shape after use. In addition, the pads have easy-on and -off buckles and are lined to prevent your skin from chafing. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $29.99.
As far as I’m concerned, whether working in the engine room or above decks, these light-weight (1.58 pounds according to Craftsman) kneepads are knee savers.—K.K.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.