hey all- I didn't see anything quite like this when I searched so I'll toss it out for something to chew on. I got an old Doug Haut Mirage windsurfing board (9'6", 23" wide I think) which had been sitting in a friends yard for a few years. Highly delammed on nose, rails and tail, so I took off about 8 inches from the tail and moved the fin box up, snubbed the nose and reglassed the rails. It rode like shit for all the obvious reasons- heavy, long, too buoyant. Lots of volume but not enough for SUP. Not that a guy couldn't have fun with it but kinda sloggy.
What might be the best way to cut this into something fun while retaining existing strengths and with minimum materials? I would basically like to use some epoxy and batting that I have around, without getting into bagging or anything exotic/expensive or removing the entire top or bottom sheets in order to reduce the volume.
Without moving the fin box again, I was thinking I could recut the sides in an inch or 2, joining them closer (7 footish) but it leaves me with little rocker unless I remove some foam and stringer under the new nose, re-epoxy, then reglass the rails onto the existing deck.
Or I could move the fin box up, cut off 30 inches of tail and use the existing rocker and nose. I wouldn't have to open up the rails but I would be riding a high volume section of the board, about 4 inches thick. Am I right that if I take the top sheet off I'll be taking a lot of foam with it and will have problems getting it back on without just doing a whole new layer of glass? The rocker starts at about 3 ft. up and is progressive, so if it was converted into a 6 ft board I would still have a substantial amount of ride with low to medium rocker.
Or just cut the nose down on both sides, leaving it pretty rockerless but with a good planing surface.
My goal for the board conditions-wise is for lightwind cruising and riding mushy waves in any wind speed. If you don't think those are realistically compatible let me know what you would try - I'm open to ideas....If your advice is to begin by giving up, I might do that too but I have a little time and materials to put into it so I thought I would toss it out for ideas
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