Piglets (Emily’s 12’6 CLC kaholo sup) has had edges trimmed and been sanded smooth and a new fin box put in!! Very exciting. Also fiberglassed the bottom of the board yesterday afternoon! I can’t wait to take it out, the weather has been favorable.










Fin I purchased off of eBay from windward board shop for $28. It’s a 9″ clear fin made by Dorsai. Did not come with a fin box screw though. Also purchased the fin box through the same seller. Have screws coming in the mail.

Next I will have to figure out the deck pad and paint situation. Plan is to use pink automotive paint with the help of a friend Kyle and then do metal flake and get piglet some glitter!

Garage heater is up,running and making us all very happy. It’s perfect! Fin box on Piglet is looking pretty good. Had a minor sander malfunction I will bring up in a later post. Here are ye photos of our progress so far!













It’s been a while since any updates have been posted.  It’s been cold.  Marc’s board is varnished and in the process of being sanded and polished for what seems to be the hundredth time.

In the mean time Christy’s board arrived, and she’s almost caught up with my progress!  It’s got to be “peanut buttered” ir filleted and then the sheer clamps to be planed.  Then sanding.  Which is where I am at.  Slowly, with the help of Marc, sanding so I can put the deck down and glue it on.


I’ve been looking at different fins online, as well as day dreaming about what bikini’s i’ll get to paddle around in.  😉


I really enjoyed learning about a gentlemen named Dave Cornthwaite who paddled the entire length of the mississipi river! Check out his web site, blogs, videos here: http://davecornthwaite.com/#/expedition1000/4541752719

I look forward to following him on his adventures and beginning my own this year!


Happy 2012!


Fiber glassing is not nearly as nerve wracking as I thought it would be.  The cloth is excellent to work with.  It lays nicely, and you can trim it just right.  We got the underside of Marc’s deck all fiber glassed perviously and then did the rest of the board after we installed the fin-box.  Piece of cake.

Time to layer the epoxy!

As for-mentioned we ordered the second kit, in the 12’6″ size the day the other board went crashing down.  It arrived and it’s well on it’s way now.  Here is the progress we’ve made on kit deux aka Piglet.

I missed a lot of the sanding (oh no…).  Marc rounded out the edges, and sanded down the entire board with up to 220-grit paper.  Also went ahead and installed the fin box he ordered.  We’ve decided to not use the fins supplied by CLC.  Neither of us feel they are quite long enough for great tracking.

The benefits of installing your own fin box really outweigh the difficulty of the install.  You can change out the fins length depending on the water depth, or if there are a lot of weeds, if you decide to race or turf the board.  You can even make your own fins.

To install the fin box we had to find the center, make sure everything was level.  Cut a rectangle out, cut a piece of foam out as well to nestle it into.  We then made sure it fit.  Then the board broke, so we had to repair that.

After we repaired the rest, we forged on.  Here is the photographic evidence of forging.

This is how we went about putting the hole in the board.

Looks pretty good after we sanded it down and made sure it was perfectly flush and smooth.  The gap where the fin inserts will be filled with clay so we can fiberglass over it.  and then cut it out at the end.

Holy Sally Sandbags! I still think Sally would be a great name for her.  It reminds me of the character from the Nightmare before Christmas since now she’s all stitched and patched together.   The Deck is installed and the board is in one good lookin’ piece.  She’s a 6 with good personality.

Repairs are coming along.  After a few emails between us and CLS Boats we came up with  a plan.  The plan was to create butt joints along the side walls, repair the sheer clamps and reinforce within using scraps.  The tricky part was re-leveling everything.  There are some rougher looking spots.  Not to mention where I scuffed right through the first layer with a sander.  It gives her some character.  She could be on Maury.


So onto describing photos!  Side walls had to be removed with a multi-max tool which was perfect.  Sliced flush along the seam with no issues.  If you don’t have this tool-get one.  Very handy.  Damaged walls were removed and new ones cut to fit and butt joint in.  Used many many clamps to re install.  After a second application of peanut butter fill-it-ing mush it was ready for epoxy and another go at gluing the deck on.  This time we placed it on the ground.  Used pieces of wood and bags of sand to glue the top down.  It worked like a charm.

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone for the great support offered in this time of despair.  Last week, October 12, 2011 around 3:30pm central standard time we lost the paddle board.

It’s been very blurry and hard to comprehend all of this.  As time goes on, I know we will begin to find ways to feel normal again.  Until then we are very appreciative of everyone’s support and kind words.


OK.  Enough of that.


 We had just ordered the 12’6″ Kaholo kit over the phone after working in the morning.  Then we decided it was time to glue the deck to the  rest of the frame.  I mixed up the epoxy and thickened it up.  We got every touching surface touched up with the goo and set the deck on.

We taped  around the entire frame and put weighted the top.  Then I left because I needed to go to work.  I hadn’t even made it out of the subdivision when I got the call from Marc.

The sawhorse had shattered, the nose went down and broke the sidewalls and sheer clamps in half.  Sick joke right?

Unfortunately it wasn’t a joke.  This is the aftermath.

The next day we contacted CLC and they gave us some options: scarf joint, new side walls, or a lot of epoxy.

We have not yet figured out how we will remedy the problem.  Marc is certain he wants to not see the damage on the completed build.  I suspect we will remove side walls and replace them.