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  • Internal repairs / Might be the end of this board!

    My first build (of two) was a 9' 6" SUP a couple of years ago.

    Too heavy, not the best for messing about on canals, hard to surf but it's mine and I made it!

    I've had a number of cracks and leaks in the time I've had it from hard use. I thought I had them all sorted, even using the swimming pool at work to try check for more leaks!

    However, went out today for a little paddle and popped open the deck hatch to get the fin key that I store there - this was the sight! The mould I'm not too concerned about as some is from where I've had it wet inside before but clearly this time it has been damp inside without realising for quite some time! Now it's caused the stringer to start to delaminate. (Sadly I didn't know of Brad's idea to coat all the internals in glue when I made this)



    While out I did a bit of hopping on the board and it felt like more of the board was separate from the stringer - clonking!

    So I'm not toooooooo worried. It will be sad if I can't actually get surfing on this (I've not mastered it yet!) and I think it will probably survive enough to just use as a second board when out on the canals in a low stress environment.

    I'm considering the options after drying it as best as possible.

    Would putting as much expanding foam as possible inside be a reasonable idea or absolutely daft? I thought it could be a good way to add support.

    Adding more weight is a concern but I can't see an alternative.

    Any thoughts welcome!

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    Hi Stew, That looks like an easy fix to me. I'd cut the spar in two places and do a little internal bracing. If the board is getting soggy under foot you maybe better off building another. So, I'd cut the spar close to the where the vent meets it. Leave a little inside the vent. The other cut would be a 1/2" from where the rib meets the spar. You don't need to remove the bottom of the spar unless it's rotten also. From there I'd use cedar to internally brace the area. Might work for you.

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    • #3
      The problem is I don't know how far the damp has caused issues. Might be a lot more extensive so there would be no point in repairing that bit of the rest has gone.

      I I have been told that I'm not allowed to build another board. If I want another i have to bin this one and buy a commercial one that won't fail after a couple of years!!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Stew View Post
        I I have been told that I'm not allowed to build another board. If I want another i have to bin this one and buy a commercial one that won't fail after a couple of years!!!!
        Who told you, you are not allowed, your better half (german expression for wife)? Tell her, that especially those interesting projects are a benefit for a mans mind. It leaves them thankful, healthy and supports the conjugal relationship. If those projects are forbidden a severe crisis may be foreseaable...

        The best surfer is the one with the biggest smile on his face...

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        • #5
          I've been thinking of getting a borescope just for this reason. Give me a chance to look at the inside of the board and see what is and isn't working as well as help pinpoint repairs.

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