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Thread: Hollow Evo 80 repair
2nd October 2012, 10:16 PM #1
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- Jul 2006
Hollow Evo 80 repair
I have a battered Evo 80 (the Active-hollow one) which I love but which had gone very soft under under the heel pads (I could also hear "bits" rolling around inside which I assume were bits of the shell which had broken away from the inside). Board was completely watertight though - huge hiss whenever you took at the air vent.
I had a go at low-cost DIY fixing it like this:
-Took off the pads
-Drilled about 10-20 small holes in the heel regions
-Mixed up some proper 2-part PE foam and injected into the holes - this filled the cavity in the board in the heel regions. This stuff is very hard to mix quickly enough and then inject before it rises but I think I did a reasonable job. I also think it will have stuck well to the inside of the board (if the way it stuck to my fingers is anything to go by)
-Glassed about 4 layers of cloth on top of the deck in the heel regions
The affected areas are now rock hard and I've sailed the board a couple of times and it sails just as well and has survived several of my signature flat landings. Weight seems only very slightly increased.
The questions I have is how long is this repair likely to last? and could it fail in some new dramatic way? - e.g. at the boundary of the new foam within the board.
Suspect I should have asked all this before doing it .... I certainly don't intend to sail our further than I can swim back!
2nd October 2012, 10:27 PM #2
3rd October 2012, 12:06 AM #3
- Join Date
- Nov 2006
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when you find someone who can foretell accurately the repair length , let me know.
Since it has failed, well so to speak, in one area the likelihood of other problems seem a distinct possibility.
In the mean time sail the board , and practice your swimming strokes.its not the Arrow
its the Indian........ UTE Indian
its hard to dance
with the devil
on your back......help me Florence