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    Graeme, thanks. Is that board only? If so, at 14.5 kg, I'm probably OK.
    I'll put it on vacuum anyway. But instead of not touching it before I have the time, I might be tempted to temporarily patch up the cracks and have a try.

    What's the inserts in front of the mast rail for? A vent?
    Now how do I say this... If I put my mouth on it and suck (please refrain from any comments please. Yes, I suck my boards. OK?) it's not airtight...

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    Picture required close up, can't recall a vent screw. If it's 14.5 kgs, then A) That's exceptional and B)Be careful with it, it's probably very fragile.

    Don't suck all those carcenogenic styrofumes just for what? A couple of grammes?

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    I'll try to do a close-up this evening.
    Like I mentioned, the 14.5kg is without dagger, fin or footstraps. This is how I think manufacturers do their weighing (although they substract a fictional marketing figure, which I didn't, since I'm an engineer, I haven't got the slightest clue about marketing...).

    By the way, I only turn to my boards when I'm out of glue.
    Seriously though, I thought this was a good way to quickly find out a possible crack is letting water in or not?

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    Here is a close-up.
    It's a stainless insert, traces of rubber around the top. It's got a M5 thread.
    A small rod goes in about 5cm where I think I can feel the core EPS.
    So yes, probably a vent with a missing cap bolt.
    Could you confirm? Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by mga View Post
    Here is a close-up.
    It's a stainless insert, traces of rubber around the top. It's got a M5 thread.
    A small rod goes in about 5cm where I think I can feel the core EPS.
    So yes, probably a vent with a missing cap bolt.
    Could you confirm? Click image for larger version. 

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    I shall look at mine tomorrow, it's our last race night of the season, I honestly don't recall a vent screw, but could be wrong.

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    Thanks. Enjoy!

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    It was a vent. Solved with a M5 button head bolt and an o-ring.
    I tried the board last week. Biggest sail I had was my old One Design 7.4 . Wind was marginal, 0-8knts. Non planing troughout, except for a gust now and then when I could get it on the border of planing, only to have it die out when the gust was gone.
    Compared to the OD, this one is an allround improvement. The bigger volume aiding to float my own bigger volume and weight... (15yrs office job does that to a man).
    The only thing I think can improve is the fin (42cm original Pan Am). I don't know wether to go bigger or smaller, but it felt kind of dragging. Smaller I suppose then.
    Bought a 1999 Cat 380 this week. Comparison planned...
    Btw: the Cat has exactly the same vent insert...

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