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rgomez



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: help identify this board Reply with quote

I found this old board where i sail that looked pretty cool and had a working mast track but the sides were split...hoping to repair it as a personal project...this board had no name on it only a number...could anyone help me identify it.


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keycocker



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an early HiFly. Mistral had a similar track.made of poly?
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best guess would be a Tiga. They were a big manufacturer of polyethylene boards during the 80s
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kinda looks like a Tiga, an Aloha maybe? But most Tigas had a small concaved nose on the deck for a hand hold and a rope hole, hard to tell from the pic, but there is a rope hole there, and the foot strap holes look to be in the right places.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any ideas on how I should go about repairing this?
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slinky



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is a polyethylene board you can forget about repairing it.

I had an old poly board that cracked around the fin box and could find nothing that would stick to it. I did make a temporary repair using plexiglass, heating it up in an oven, then quickly applying the hot plexiglass to the damaged area. this pooduced a heat bond between the two materials. Worked for another season, but eventually failed.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People always say this, and I haven't owned a polyethylene skin
board since about 1985, but, I've always wondered if something
with tolulene in it like Testors Model cement, might not work to
"melt" a crack in the skin together.

Just a thought,

-Craig

slinky wrote:
If it is a polyethylene board you can forget about repairing it.

I had an old poly board that cracked around the fin box and could find nothing that would stick to it. I did make a temporary repair using plexiglass, heating it up in an oven, then quickly applying the hot plexiglass to the damaged area. this pooduced a heat bond between the two materials. Worked for another season, but eventually failed.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the third pic, those are long splits along the rails up by the nose?
Yikes!!! Shocked
Forgettaboutit!
The foam core has probably swollen to the point that the original shape could never be re-achieved.
Just paint it and make it a piece of art or something creative that doesn't involve putting it in the water.
Sorry, but that thing is toast IMO.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good repairer of the time would have used a special hot iron to repair polyethelene cracks and splits. It required a precisely regulated temperature and a skilled operator to 'melt' extra polyethelene into the original. Even then, it didn't always last very long.

But are you sure you want to repair a poly board? Poly skins are flexible and rely on the rigidity of the interior foam to hold and preserve their shape. A Surf Partner poly slalom board I owned pretty soon delaminated over the footstraps, from the badly compacted foam, so badly that the back warped into slight negative rocker. (A very exciting ride ...on flat water!!)

Some folk used to support front and back of their 'warped' poly boards on blocks, and leave them baking in the sun with stratigically placed bricks on the deck to try and bend them back into shape. It never worked with my Surf Partner board!

Fortunately, composite construction to over, and the rest is history.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rgomez wrote:
Any ideas on how I should go about repairing this?


I think I would not try to repair this. I don't think it worth the effort

If inclined to try this might work, I would call West Systems to ask

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-flex-epoxy/

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