Fin box damage
Hey guys, this is my first post here, but I came prepared.
Basically, I was teaching my buddy how to surf over the weekend of July 4th, and he ran it aground. Let me rephrase that. He refused to give up on a weak wave, jumped on the board, slammed his feet down hoping it would give him momentum, but instead he drove it into the sandbar. He's apologized profusely for the event, and I'm not going to ask him to pay for it (as I'm soon moving about 4 hours from the beach anyhow and figured I had plenty of time to get it fixed) but the temptation of hurricane season is just too strong. From the looks of it, just the rear fin got jammed, cracked (but didn't separate) from the rear box attachment, and pulled the forward box out a little. I saw when it happened -- as he'd been bucked off the front of it suddenly -- and immediately pulled the board out of water. It has since dried up. I don't think there was much if any water let into the crack, and I've been checking it periodically just in case. From the looks of it, it only peeled fiberglass to another middle layer. The chip is very very thin, about 1mm or less. Anyhow, here's more illustration:
And yes, I know that the board was once fixed just next to this, that was before I got it. Any of you repairmen out there know the general cost of fixing this? I know I'll probably need the box removed, routed, and reinstalled after new substrate is added... I realize that, but I don't want this costing nearly what I paid for the board or it's gonna end up a decoration in my house. Thanks in advance for your help/advice guys. I've been lurking the site for a while, you guys have a great thing going on here!