Formula HWR - Split Bottom
I was out today with a buddy who sailed his new '11 HWR for the first time. He hit an obstacle in open water(probably a large fish) and went over the nose. His mast hit the front and did what looked like relatively little damage to the deck, but there are some cracks in the skin on the very nose that must be repaired.
Upon closer inspection, the bottom was spit with a 25 cm long crack beginning at the nose, which will require some major repairs.
This is speculation, but it looks let the top and nose have a layer of carbon, but the bottom doesn't. Can you tell us what the layup is on the front/bottom of the board.
It looks like the deck was pretty strong and resisted the impact well, but the nose and bottom popped like a paper bag.
I too have gone over the nose after hitting alligator gar, a large freshwater fish in Texas that are often at the surface when the water gets very warm. I have crashed at least 5 time because of the fish on my F160 and have some dents in the wood (no repairs), but nothing like my buddy on his HWR.
The bottom construction is wood as your F160. The problem with wood the crack can follow the wood vein and at this time the crack can be very long.
The Deck is Biax Carbon 150 who is quiet strong better than the first version who was in UD Carbon 80.
In your cas the impact was in the perfect line of the wood vein reason why it crack like this. Should be easy to repair by a specialist.
For info the 2012 Formula are Full Carbon, no wood any more.
Hope this help, let me know if you want more details, thanks
All the best
I am not sure I understand. My question is about the HWR. Are you saying that the deck is carbon (no wood) and the bottom is wood (no carbon)?
I assume that the F160 is wood top and bottom with no carbon, correct?
Correct, I mean that for bottom is exactly the same construction as your F 160.
All the best
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