HELP! URGENT!

HELP! URGENT!

Post by Jean-Luc Fraik » Wed, 03 Jul 1996 04:00:00


I am in a horrible predicament.  My only board, an E-Rock,  is now
unsailable!  Yesterday while sailing, I bent my fin-box (a slot-one
with nut and bolt)  and the fin ripped out.  It will finish its life
on the bottom of the lake (Rest its soul).  

I am going to attempt to fix it myself (with the help of a friend or
two from the beach), but do not know the steps to follow.  I am going
to replace the box with a new one of the same type.  I need detailed
instruction about steps to take and materials to use...

Thanks in advace,

JL

 
 
 

HELP! URGENT!

Post by Ambrose S. A » Wed, 03 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am in a horrible predicament.  My only board, an E-Rock,  is now
> unsailable!  Yesterday while sailing, I bent my fin-box (a slot-one
> with nut and bolt)  and the fin ripped out.  It will finish its life
> on the bottom of the lake (Rest its soul).

> I am going to attempt to fix it myself (with the help of a friend or
> two from the beach), but do not know the steps to follow.  I am going
> to replace the box with a new one of the same type.  I need detailed
> instruction about steps to take and materials to use...

> Thanks in advace,

> JL

I have had the same experience with a board ('85 Fanatic Viper - lost 2
separate finboxes within a 6 month span!).
I ended up replacing the custom Fanatic box with a standard fin box.  
First off, I fastened the box to the board using threaded bolts and
epoxy.  Next off, I filled the dead space between the finbox and board
with a tube of bathroom silicon sealant (from Canadian Tire).  Finally,
I bought a fiberglass boat repair kit (also Canadian Tire) and glassed
over the edge of the box to make it flush with the bottom of the board.
        The total cost was about $30 (not including the fin box itself)
and it took me about 4 hours (allowing another couple of days for
curing).
        Good luck!

        Ambrose S. Au