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sapre
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So i just got a second hand kitesurf board, looks in nice condition and rides great. Only thing is that after my first session on it, i stored it in my basement and a small puddle formed under the board :(
Theres a small crack on the nose where water might be getting in, rekon i can fix that no problem. Water is seeping out from the fin slots though, so im not sure if thats normal or if i need to somehow seal those too???

Should i be worried about it?
Any tips would be much appreciated, its a great board otherwise, hoping it lasts me a while....
matt_s
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Fin boxes can hold a bit of water, but not a massive amount. If you're concerned, take the fins out and check for any damage in or around the fin boxes.

If you've got a lot of deck pad that can also hold a bit, especially if it's lifted off a bit at the edges somewhere, as will straps if you're using them.
If it was standing nose up, then I wouldn't have thought the water wouldn't have come from that crack (but still probably best to fix it anyway - if it has gone through to the core, make sure you let the board dry out for about 10 x longer than seems reasonable before any repairs!

If the puddle was pretty small I don't think you've got too much to worry about, but definitely give the board a good check over regardless.
sapre
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Cheers for the tips Matt. Didnt have a chance yet, but will take the fins out and have a proper look for any damage.
I expect they're probably fine and its just the water from the fin boxes.
sapre
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So i tracked down the leak to the inner corner of the rear fin box. Can barely see any damage, except for some coloured residue.
Will be a tricky one to repair since any glue/cement i put in there will stop the fin going in properly... Other option would be repair and use only the other fins as a quad set up. Back to scratching my head now... :(
matt_s
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sapre wrote:So i tracked down the leak to the inner corner of the rear fin box. Can barely see any damage, except for some coloured residue.
Will be a tricky one to repair since any glue/cement i put in there will stop the fin going in properly... Other option would be repair and use only the other fins as a quad set up. Back to scratching my head now... :(
Glad you found the cause - but shame it's a bit of a bugger to fix. Maybe scope out a local repairer's cost to replace the fin box? the problem is that the foam inside will be wet with seawater and will rot if it's left. A proper repair will allow it to dry out & give a chance to fix any of the core that's already rotten. downside is ££ obviously!
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