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Andy1234 13th June 2011 02:39 PM

exposure to sunlight: bottom or deck (wood)
 
On the bottom of our Carve 131 wood (2011) there is a sticker that says: To protect the wood construction do not exposure the bottom of the board to direct sunlight.
I am slightly confused, because on the deck I see the wood construction and the bottom of the board is completly white painted. Is the statement on that sticker correct or should it be the other way round?

BTW: Great board, my girlfriend loves it!

Roger 13th June 2011 09:28 PM

Hi Andy,
The intent of the sticker is to let you know that excessive exposure to direct sunlight will possibly cause the thin wood layer to "yellow" (UV does this) and could cause some drying/cracking of the very thin 0.6 mm (approx. 0.024").
This does not mean you cannot take your board out on a sunny day, and sail it.
If you are at the beach all day in hot sunny conditions, it makes sense to cover your WOOD construction
board with a cloth or towel to keep the sun off it as much as possible when it's just laying on the beach.
If your Carve 131 has the white bottom, then if you must leave it in the sun, I would leave it bottom up, but there is still going to be some degradation (UV) and perhaps some yellowing over time.
If you have a board bag, (even a very light day bag), it makes sense to slide the board in when it's not in
actual use out on the water.
Hope this helps,
Roger

Andy1234 15th June 2011 05:00 AM

Hi Roger
Yes that helps a lot - thanks!
Andy


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