The sun is the most damaging force on the planet, especially for your new BOTE board. Try to keep your board out of the sun as much as possible when not in use.
De-lamination - The inside of your BOTE board is foam, which consists mostly of air and other gasses. When these gasses are heated by the sun they expand. As they expand they take up more space and can cause pressure to build on the inside of your BOTE board. If they expand too much, the pressure will push on the hard shell of the BOTE board and may cause the fiberglass shell to detach from the foam core. This is called de-lamination, and can result in air bubbles being trapped between the foam core and fiberglass shell.
To avoid de-lamination:
Follow these simple steps to ensure a long life for your BOTE board:
- For Boards with Stainless Steel Manual Vent Plug: Always open your stainless steel vent plug when your board is not in the water. This will allow the hot gasses to escape the board and reduce pressure build up.
- For Boards with plastic Gore-Tex® Vent Plug: The plastic Gore-Tex® vent plug is used to keep the inside of the board (the core) an air/water tight environment. It vents the board automatically, please do not loosen or remove to prevent damage to the plug.
- Always store your BOTE board in a cool dry place or shady area when not in use.
- You may also store your board in a well ventilated board bag to avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Fading - While your BOTE board is constructed of UV resistant materials, over exposure to the sun can cause the colors to fade. While this will not affect the performance of your BOTE board, it will tarnish the brilliant color finish of your board detracting from its beauty.
To avoid fading…
Always store your BOTE board in a cool dry place or shady area out of reach of direct sunlight.
A ding is a depression or crack in the fiberglass shell. Just like with your automobile, some dings in your board's fiberglass shell are bound to happen with regular use.
Depression Ding - This is typically just a cosmetic problem, unless the ding is located on the bottom of the board in an area that could affect the flow of water across the surface of the board. They are typically caused by rough handling of the board and there isn't really anything you can do about it.
What to do… To avoid dings on the top of your BOTE board, only stand on the board in areas where the deck pad covers the surface. To avoid dings elsewhere, handle your board with care and don't allow it to come into contact with hard surfaces at a high rate of speed.
Crack Ding - A crack ding is a more serious problem. Usually caused when the board comes in contact with a hard surface at a rapid speed. A crack ding may breach the seal between the fiberglass shell and foam core allowing water to enter the foam core. Over time, the water that enters the foam core will damage the foam causing the water-damaged area of the foam to get heavier and softer. This can result in poor performance of your board and may allow the ding to grow in size.
What to do... In the event of a crack ding on your board, remove your board from the water as soon as possible and have it repaired by a fiberglass specialist. You can also attempt to repair the board using a fiberglass repair kit available at some hardware stores or online. Since your BOTE board is made using an EPS foam core, be sure you only use an epoxy resin based repair kit.
If your BOTE board appears to be suffering from water damage to the foam core, inspect the surface of your board for dings or cracks in the fiberglass shell. If you discover a crack or ding in the fiberglass, take appropriate action described in the 'Dings' section above.
For Boards with Stainless Steel Manual Vent Plugs
Ensure that you close your vent plug securely each time you place your BOTE board in the water. Inspect the rubber seal around your vent plug screw for damage. If the seal is cracked or damaged it may not form a water-tight seal when the vent plug is closed. Replace the damaged seal prior to using the board the next time.
If water has already damaged the board, remove the vent plug and store the board in a dry place so that the water has a chance to evaporate. Discoloration may occur to waterlogged foam core, but the board will remain functional if the core is allowed to dry sufficiently.
Many types of roof racks are available for transporting your BOTE SUP. Some roof rack attachments are made specifically for carrying Paddle Boards. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using SUP specific roof racks.
Other roof racks may be used to transport your BOTE board. Follow these simple steps to help ensure your board is not damaged during transportation.
- Secure the board to roof racks using high quality straps
- Do not over-tighten the straps, as this can damage the board
- Place the board on the racks with the fin or fin box facing the sky
- Place the board on the racks withe the fin or fin box located towards the front of the vehicle
- Use a cushion on the racks to reduce wear and tear on the board
- Use a cushion on the straps to reduce wear and tear on the board
- If transporting multiple boards, place a cushion between the boards to prevent wear and tear on the board
- Always ensure that there is sufficient distance between the two racks to securely support the board at high speeds
- Avoid driving too fast. The boards have a large surface area and driving at high speeds can cause damage to the board or your vehicle.
For Boards with Gore-Tex® Vent Plug:
The plastic Gore-Tex® vent plug is used to keep the inside of the board (the core) an air/water tight environment. It vents the board automatically, please do not loosen or remove to prevent damage to the plug.
For Boards with Stainless Steel Manual Vent Plugs
When the stainless steel vent plug is closed on your BOTE board, the inside of the board (The Core) becomes an air/water tight environment. Changes in the temperature outside or direct exposure to the sun can negatively affect your BOTE board.
To avoid damage to your board always open the stainless steel vent plug when not in use. This will allow the board to 'breath' and help ensure that temperatures inside the board are neither to hot nor too cold and will increase the lifespan of your board.
To use the stainless steel vent plug, use the provided allen wrench to open and close the plug as needed. When closing the stainless steel vent plug, be sure you do not over-tighten as this can damage the rubber seal on the vent plug. When closing the stainless steel vent plug, tighten it just enough so that the plug comes in contact with the rubber seal and then tighten 1/2 a turn more to form a water-tight seal.
Fins and Fin Box
Your BOTE board comes equipped with a standard 10’ fin box. The fin box is designed to accept the standard BOTE fin as well as most aftermarket fins. Your fin should fit tightly into the fin box.
To install the fin, remove the aluminum plate and screw from the fin and slide the aluminum plate down into the fin box and into the recessed track. Position the aluminum plate as far forward as possible (for access later). Set the fin into the fin box by sliding the brass pin into the opening until it bottoms out, then slide the fin as far backwards as you would like. Next, push the front of the fin into the box and attach the fin to the aluminum plate with the provided Phillips head screw.
Your fin may be difficult to install the first few times, but don’t worry, this is a good thing. The tighter the fin is in the fin box, the better the board will ride. Your fin box will “open” up over time to allow the fin to slide in and out easier. If the fin is too tight, use light sand paper to sand the inside of the fin box to remove any excess plastic chips or resin that may be present.