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Re-glassing My Wooden Centerboard

I just bought a 1976 14'' Capri Omega and the centerboard is in sorry shape. Structurally it is fine, but all of the fiberglass is peeling and flaking around the edges, quite substantially.
Should I:
1. Peel away the flaking fiberglass and re-glass over the peeled area
2. Remove all of the fiberglass and re-glass the entire board
3. Remove all of the fiberglass and epoxy coat without fiberglass
4. None of the above

Thanks a lot for any help.
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Re-glassing My Wooden Centerboard

If the centerboard is fine structurally, it sounds like the gelcoat is cracking and peeling off, not the fiberglass. This happens because the fiberglass bends and the gelcoat outside is more brittle - it cracks and later falls off. It''s something like an eggshell on a hard boiled egg; the egg underneath can be fine, but the shell is all broken. How thick are the flakes? There may be fairing compound involved, especially at the edges. If there''s enough gelcoat/coating left attached, the easiest fix might be to mix up some epoxy and fairing compound and apply that to your board, sand it smooth, and paint it. If you start applying too much fiberglass, you can really screw up the board''s shape until it doesn''t fit in the trunk any more. Adding more ''glass to the board could also strengthen it too much; imagine a grounding where, a wave would wash your boat up onto the sand, breaking the board against the bottom. The boat stays upright, washes ashore, and you could step out and pull the boat to safety. An overly strong, unbroken board in the same situation might flip the boat over as the wave carried you sideways up the beach, tossing you out and enabling the next wave to start beating the boat to pieces.
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Re-glassing My Wooden Centerboard

Thanks for your input. I forgot to mention that it is a wooden centerboard and basically the entire outer rim of the board and about four inches to the center of the board have peeled, not just flaked.
Do you have any suggestions as far as re-glassing it? I started removing the peeling glass and it just kept coming off.

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