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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:48 pm 
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Hi all,
On my HC17 two out of four wingtubes are leaking. The holes looks to be half way in the tubes.
I intend to make an attempt fixing the leakage without cutting big holes and install inspection ports.
i've read some instructions about this method and i will give it a go.
I have sanded the holes with a drum sander connected to a power driller.
All is set for the next step BUT...;
What do you guys think? Shall i use epoxy or polyester resin? Any recommendation on the type of glass fiber?
Please give me pros and cons for what to use??

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:41 pm 
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Use epoxy - it's stronger and sticks better than polyester.

Since it's inside the tubes, you're not concerned with cosmetics.

For the glass, just use 2" (~50 mm) wide tape - like this: ... glass+Tape.

After the resin cures, sand off the high spots and use a piece of plastic pipe to test fit for the wing tubes. Keep sanding until the tube slides in and out easily.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:03 am 
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If it is the front tubes, I would just go ahead and install the access ports. Having access to the inside of the hull will allow you to put a full wrap of glass around the tube which will provide a very strong repair. You would also be able to reinforce the front of the centerboard trunk where the spring has a tendency to punch through. Plus the access ports will provide you with some excellent on the water storage inside the hull and they will allow you to fully ventilate the hulls after sailing.


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