Repairing Broken Fiberglass on Hobie 17 Wing SocketsBy Bill Jeffers
I bought a little 3/4" sanding drum with a 1/4" shaft and an 18" 1/4" shaft extension from the local hardware store. I used this on a drill to dish out the damaged areas to give the epoxy enough surface to bite on. I mixed up some white Marine Tex epoxy and used long sticks to apply it to the damaged spots. Then I wrapped wax paper around a piece of 1.5" schedule 40 drain pipe and shoved to the bottom of the wing hole. I tapered the leading edge of the schedule 40 a little bit so it would push the epoxy in and not scrape it off. When I knew the epoxy had started to set (1-2 hours) I pulled the schedule 40 out just in case I had epoxyed them in but it wasn't a problem. The 1.5" schedule 40 drain pipe is a perfect fit in the holes.
The alternative is to put 4 ports in the hulls and fix the tubes through the ports.
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