> Dear friends:
> I am a happy owner of a Drops GOT 8'8". Unfortunately last weekend I had a
> little accident and I damaged my board with the harness hook.
> The pictures attached will show the damage.
> Would you please be so kind to provide me with some advices on how to fix
to make sure that there is no water left in the board and the damged
area is completely dried out. The following repair job isn't too
complicated but if the board is still relatively new and you don't have
experience with epoxy you may want to consider having it done
The damage aso seems too substantial to me to just slap on some
dingstick or marinetex and sail on.
As a first sep ypu need to fill up the void. One method would be to
remove all damged material, insert some eps foam, on top of that high
density PVC foam (that's the brownish stuff you see), both using epoxy
resin filled with some microbaloons. Another method would be to leave
all material in place, inject some slow curing (!!!!) epoxy with
microbaloons into the gaps (no unfilled epoxy or you may melt the core).
In both cases: Let cure, sand the skin in a area 5 -10 cm larger than
the damaged area, glass on 2 - 4 layers (more if you removed the skin)
of 4-6 oz. glass. Sand. If you did not remove the skin, use a thick
putty from epoxy+microbaloons to fair out the rail. Sand. Apply a layer
of epoxy as topcoat. Sand. Paint.