Hilbers Project

Curlz

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Looking for input on the way forward with my newly acquired Hilbers Scorpion. I’m posting to sway locks as well, but know some experts here aren’t over there.

My #1 priority is function and use with aesthetics behind that. Bottom line is she has numerous rails dings, a few stress cracks that catch nail, and areas of weave showing. I’ve attached pictures to elaborate.

So - would it be best to:

1) Only sand down and repair each individual problem

2) Sand entire board to apply a new fill and polish coat - only applying new glass where needed

3) Sand the rails to apply new fill and polish - cloth where needed

Biggest concern is weight. I don’t know if this is epoxy or poly, but guessing poly by the stress fractures - seems more brittle. If I were to sand it all it would only be to sufficiently prep for the new coat. Planning to use epoxy which would be lighter and with good enough prep shouldn’t have issues bonding ( I’ve been glossing with poly over epoxy without issues ).

Also, take a look at the fin. It’s glassed on slightly canted from front to back. Should I take that off and glass on a new one? Does that look out of tolerance?

Personally I’d prefer to do it all to make sure it is sealed but I don’t want to add weight or go beyond what’s necessary and risk damage.

Please send thoughts and advice!! Thanks
 

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Curlz

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Curlz

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Agreed. Especially after cleaning it up real well.

Really not bad. I thought it was going to be more. Still very structurally sound minus the impact spots.
 

SeniorGrom

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I agree with the individual repair solutions. Pretty simple stuff when you develop your plan and get going. You can easily see (good quality pics) what has been sucking water from the discoloration. I tend to ignore deck side onion ring cracks that are clear (on personal boards) and not next to stringer wood. Maybe that’s just me being lazy but I figure they’ll be covered in wax.
 

Curlz

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Clearly this opened as there is damage; however, I don’t think it needs to be opened and re-clothed… agree?

I’m thinking on areas like this to simply apply resin to seal.

Concur??
 

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