I'm not looking to improve the weight or flex (rigidity), only the strength / ding resistance. I haven't ridden the board yet, so I'm sure I wouldn't be aware of any improvements in performance. But I just don't feel I'm going to damage the ride in any significant way.
Discussing Surftech is like ordering coffee at Starbucks: they have their own proprietary language, which I am new to. TufLite seems to be a bit different from this board, as John Mellor pointed out earlier in the thread. TufLite apparently has an outer layer of fiberglass.
I really don't know if Surftech even still makes these "wood tech" boards without an outer layer of fiberglass. Maybe there was enough negative feedback they discontinued them in favor of the stronger TufLite builds.
There was also mention somewhere of a "classic glass" option which apparently means that an outer layer of glass was added, I guess like I'm doing. Except that I am using epoxy resin for the exterior finish, and apparently Surftech used epoxy only for the bonding layer of fiberglass, and polyester resin for the exterior layer. If you look closely at the diagram below, you will see "epoxy fiberglass" for the bond, and then "fiberglass lamination" for the finish. Probably because of proprietary secrecy, they're not real transparent in explaining exactly what they're doing. Which is why I suspect a lot of people who own these wood tech boards are probably not aware they don't have fiberglass over the wood.
I'm not sure of the year of this build, but I'm guessing its 10 or 15 years old. Which leads me to wonder if the shell is more brittle now, with age. Perhaps the resin was more resilient at first? My guess is that this is the case.
For sure you will improve this board with fiberglass over wood.
I don't see a surftech with visible wood like yours for long time. I repair tufflight for long time and see évolutions from pvc foam with light fiberglass to a lighter xps like foam with heavier fiberglass and now wood veneer sandwiched.
Honestly man I can't wait to here what you think after you have ridden it. You have built a lot of wood construction boards and quite a few traditional foam and fiberglass boards. I may be overstating, but my point is; There will be a lot of difference between this board and others you have ridden. The real question will be whether or not you like it better.
Yes, I need to get back out in the water. With lockdowns, a new business venture, and just this morning I pulled a calf muscle badly, put me back on crutches and in a lot of pain, paddling out seems a distant dream.
I have concluded the fin is a standard fiberglass layup with wood veneer either side. Sanding the resin off I nearly sanded thru the wood too. So I laminated a layer of 1/16" balsa to either side, and glassed that.
So the halo isn't really a halo, it's the actual fin. While it looks like a wood fin, it isn't.
I'm going to place an order with GL for Veneer and some of that exotic ply they are making. Going to try to use it for something besides cabinet refacing.
Finished it up & paddled out, I like the rode.
Huck did you weigh the Yater before and after you completed it? Just finished adding 4oz top and bottom on a mystery 10' styro / epoxy board. With all the repairs and glass board went from 16 lbs to 21 lbs.
I weighed it before but forgot after, now its waxed and finned. I can take the fin out, but don't really feel like taking the wax off, or know how much that would affect the weight. Probably not much. I will take the fin off and weigh it when I get a chance. But it doesn't feel significanly heavier. Be interesting to see.
I didn't sand through the cracked resin, I just sanded enough to rough up the surface for glassing. Because the veneer is very thin in spots, and the danger is its easy to sand all the way through it. On the fin I did sand all the way through the resin cracks, and ended up going through the veneer in spots. So I laminated a new layer of balsa on the fin, then glassed it with 3 layers, its thicker now than it used to be. I added a pinline to the fin, I'm real happy with the way it turned out, will have to get some pics.
On the board, you can see the old dings under the glass. Not horrible looking, but definitely there. On the worst ding, the one I did when the board fell off the stand, I painted "falsa" style to blend it in, unsure of how it would look under glass, its noticeable but doesn't look bad at all.
You can see I added a lam of my own just to probe there is now glass there, haha.
I went from 16.5 lbs to 18.5 lbs, so a 2 lb weight gain with the 4 oz. glass.
I don't have good pics of the fin when I got the board, it looked bad, structurally unsound. But it was just cracks in the glass-less resin.
Sanding through all the resin tho, I had to sand into the wood a little. Discovered it was just a veneer. So I ended up gluing a new layer of 1/16" both sides. Then 3 layers of 4 oz glass each side, with sanding in between.
The fin is now 3/4" thick, it was 5/8". I used contact cement, which was gummy and didnt leave a clean line around the edge, hence the painted pinline between layers of glass.
I also took the liberty of shortening it just a tad, it seemed a bit big at 10".