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11th May 2012, 10:07 PM
hi ive just bought a 'wherehouse soiled but new Go 171, the shop said that it had a small crack in the paint on the bottom, and they had repaired it, i received the board today, the whole bottom of the board except around the starboard sticker by bow, is covered in a kind of fine dust which i wiped off with my hand, the bottom isnt shiny or smooth, its allmost like a sand paper finish like plaster dry plaster with no finish or shine, is this correct?
Also he sent all black footstraps, no white at all, and i can only mount two as the screws dont seem long enough to go into the non twist thing, and the board!
could you please give advice?
i feel ive wasted my money.
11th May 2012, 10:11 PM
PS the straps are drake, and seem very small black neoprine with a leather look plastic panel on the top, the dealer said they were the newest straps which starboard supply with this board! but im very worried about the finish on the bottom of the board, have i been sold a dummy?
12th May 2012, 01:51 AM
The dust could be left over from the shop repair. One would think they would wipe it down, but obviously
they did not.
What construction is your GO 171?
The higher end boards (lighter in weight) do not have a shiny finish on the bottom as a shiny finish is not
fast. It does not "wet out" to provide good laminar water flow like the "sanded" dull finish.
As far as the footstraps, you need to take a fender washer (same size as the K9 lock plate diameter)
and "compress" the sharp points on the top of the K9 lock up into the webbing of the footstrap.
If you have the longer (32 mm) 7 mm footstrap screws (what year model is your board....check the digits in the serial number) you need to use a 6mm footstrap screw to "pre-tap" the holes you will be using.
Use a bar of bath soap as a lubricant, and be sure to use a #3 Phillips screwdriver (do not use power tools at all!!!!).
After you compress the K9 locks and pre tap the footstrap inserts, you should be able to get the 7 mm x 32 mm screws to go into the inserts pretty easily if you lube them liberally with soap.'
Take the screw and rub it across the soap to get the soap to cling to the threads, then install the screw in your board.
Be sure to close the vent screw before you hit the water!
6th July 2012, 01:20 PM
I would like to know what kind of bottom is used for the starboard go 155 of the 2010/2011
is a hull "V"? a biconcave? a bottom plate?
tnk a lot!
11th July 2012, 11:27 AM
yeah thats a wierd finish but its standard.
Not that its designed as such but it makes for easy repairs, ( ive repaired 3 Rios damaged by shippers) as its dull and doesnt show up irregularities as easy.
her then that I dont know what to tell you.
11th July 2012, 03:05 PM
Any suggestions on repair of a 4' crack on hull of my RIO? Is it a simple fiberglass patch?
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