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  1. #1
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    Delam on my board!!!!! :(

    So i noticed that both rails of my CI Motorboat were starting to get spongey a few weeks ago. Its a CI motorboat, and I just got it a few monthes ago, so I'm a little aggrivated this is happening so quickly. It started to get a little worse after a few sessions so I decided to take it to a shop to get it looked at. I took it so the Farias in LBI. When the guy looked at it he told me that I could only make it worse. That if his ding guy were to fix it it would just make the board heavier. Granted it is affecting multiple parts of both rails and no one spot is thattt bad, but from what I've heard won't it just get worse the more I surf it? He said that he would still have his ding guy take a look at it, but overall I was still a little disatisfied with his ansswer. Any feedback on this?

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    as far as i'm aware, there is no method for fixing delams that won't make the board heavier. is it just soft or is it legitimately delamed? if it's just soft, it's prob. not worth fixing just yet. wait till the glass actually separates from the foam before fixing it (of course, then the question becomes: is it worth it? will you notice the additional weight?). i've seen some boards w/ extensive delams become noticeably heavier post-repair. if it's minor, you prob. won't notice.
    Last edited by njsurfer42; Sep 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM. Reason: one cannot "fox" delams. unless you paint a picture of a fox on the board. but who does that?

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    It is just soft... I had a ding on the rail that I probably repaired before it was dry, but the ding repair itself is not soft and spongey. And the biggest soft spot is on the other side of the board, opposite of the side that is dinged. Do you think the two could be related??

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    Quote Originally Posted by idsmashh View Post
    So i noticed that both rails of my CI Motorboat were starting to get spongey a few weeks ago. Its a CI motorboat, and I just got it a few monthes ago, so I'm a little aggrivated this is happening so quickly. It started to get a little worse after a few sessions so I decided to take it to a shop to get it looked at. I took it so the Farias in LBI. When the guy looked at it he told me that I could only make it worse. That if his ding guy were to fix it it would just make the board heavier. Granted it is affecting multiple parts of both rails and no one spot is thattt bad, but from what I've heard won't it just get worse the more I surf it? He said that he would still have his ding guy take a look at it, but overall I was still a little disatisfied with his ansswer. Any feedback on this?
    Fixed lots of delam but rails are hardest. It will add weight but if delam is not fixed the board is likely to break. Slice with very sharp shop knife. Split and hold open. Pour in prepared. Resin with tiny cut cloth pieces mixed in. . Use weight like sand baggs wrapped on rails to hold in place. After ddelam is fixed repair like a regular fix. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by idsmashh View Post
    It is just soft... I had a ding on the rail that I probably repaired before it was dry, but the ding repair itself is not soft and spongey. And the biggest soft spot is on the other side of the board, opposite of the side that is dinged. Do you think the two could be related??
    If there was still water in the foam and you sealed it back up that way then it is only going to get worse. The water is trapped in there and the delam will most likely keep spreading. They are difficult to repair and the repair will definitely make the board heavier but if they go unrepaired the board will have a serious weak point which can lead to buckling or snapping in the future.The fact is, delams are a *****.

    I have heard of other Motorboats having delam problems since they used some sort of eco friendly materials. Maybe you can contact CI and get it replaced or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobG View Post
    If there was still water in the foam and you sealed it back up that way then it is only going to get worse. The water is trapped in there and the delam will most likely keep spreading. They are difficult to repair and the repair will definitely make the board heavier but if they go unrepaired the board will have a serious weak point which can lead to buckling or snapping in the future.The fact is, delams are a *****.

    I have heard of other Motorboats having delam problems since they used some sort of eco friendly materials. Maybe you can contact CI and get it replaced or something.

    yea, a guy at Brave New Surf told me the same thing about the eco material... bummer.

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    it is fixable, it will ad weight (any ding will add weight) but get it fixed, its better than having the delam spread.

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    Honestly, you're worried about weight? Like maybe a whopping 4 oz.?

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    A2tall how much is it to ship one of your shaped boards

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    I used to have this problem with all off the rack boards because I'm heavy. I found the glass job on my one CI to be the worst...just so thin.

    Anyway, to extend the life of the board, I would drill small holes in the delam area and inject resin in with a syringe. Basically, it would fill the are where the foam had crushed and the fiberglass skin. Added weight and looked funny, but it worked.

    For me it always started on the deck under my rear foot, so the repair was more straightforward. The rail will be trickier. Unfortunately if left unrepaired it will surely spread.

    Until I started buying customs made with alternative technologies I basically had accepted the fact that boards had become disposable. Now my boards look pristine after a year. Something to think about when this delam
    Eventually claims your CI and you are replacing it.