I am building my first wooden hollow surfboard: this awesome 7'2" minimal and it's going really well. The laminating is almost done, next up is installing the fin boxes and vent/leash plug. I glued pieces reinforcement wood on places where I'm going to router out the finboxes and vent/leash plug. So far so good.
The only thing I did not think about before closing the board is the air flow within. I bought a gore-tex ventilating leash plug, with the idea I would have one hole less in my board. When making the stringer and ribs, I cut out large parts of the inside to decrease weight, but I did not think of the idea that this also enhances air flow. So, when cutting the smallest ribs (the ones in the tail and nose), I didn't cut holes in the middle, because I thought since these ribs themselves are pretty small already, I didn't think it would make that much difference. So, this means I can put in the ventilated leash plug, but the last chamber is not connected to the next, same goes for the second chamber.
This puts me in the awkward position of having to somehow get some ventilation in my board. In my eyes I have two options:
1) Use the ventilated leash plug anyway, and try to pry holes in the ribs from the one hole I'm going to make for the plug. This looks kind of impossible since the ribs are 15cm/6' apart and I would have to reach the second rib from the hole in the deck, with a drill, without damaging the deck.
2) Get a regular leash plug, no problem here, and get a regular vent plug. Now, I would have no problem finding a spot somewhere else on the deck for the plug, for optimal air flow. The problem now is that I didn't put any reinforcements inside to use this strategy. This seems like the most doable option of the two, but I don't really know how to make it work.
How would you guys fix this?
It might all sound a bit confusing when reading this, I can always try to find more pictures or try to answer your questions. Thanks!