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Forum topic by h2odaryl posted 07-01-2020 05:01 PM 281 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2020 05:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: waterski restoration fiberglass repair epoxy water ski glue-up

I have come across a few old wood waterskis (Cypress Gardens) that are constructed of 3 boards glued lengthways and are splitting along the seams. Two questions:

1. What epoxy (assuming I should use epoxy) should I use to reglue and clamp them back together after cleaning up seams?

2. Would it be a good idea to fiberglass over the ski for strength, like one does on a wood strip canoe or stand up paddleboard?

Thanks for your help. Just thought I’d reach out and see if anyone else has any experience with this.

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#1 posted 07-01-2020 05:16 PM

Daryl, are you going to be using these skis to actually put back in service ??

photos of them would help us help you.


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#2 posted 07-01-2020 05:42 PM

Yes, the goal is to get them back in the water.
Sorry, the skis are still at our friends, but I will post some pics as soon as I pick them up later this week.

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#3 posted 07-01-2020 05:44 PM

I made a slalom water ski decades ago, when I was in high school down in S. Florida. IIRC, I didn’t use any special kind of epoxy, just your standard 2 part stuff, but I believe I added some microfibers as a filler so it would fill gaps better. I can’t remember the exact finish I used, but I believe it was some kind of urethane that the teacher recommended. That ski was awesome, held up well to the abuse and salt water environment, and I sold it some 10 years later for $200 and it was still in perfect condition. I remember those old Cypress garden skis, and may still have a pair or two out in the shed. I’d just epoxy it back. Most likely, todays epoxy is much better than what was being used in the 70-80’s so it should hold up just fine. Then finish with your preferred top coat to keep the moisture out.


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#4 posted 07-01-2020 05:53 PM

I learned how to ski on the cypress gardens skis. I believe it was the Dick Pope model.

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#5 posted 07-02-2020 06:09 PM

Thank you everyone for your quick replies and willingness to help. I just talked with the owner of the skis and they are going to tackle the project themselves. Who am I to stand in the way of someone experiencing the joys of woodworking?!
Thanks again everyone, I am sure I will have some more questions soon

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