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  okay, thinking about fixing it
  Posted by: old_user on Oct-25-12 8:54 AM (EST)

Thanks for all the advice. I'm leaning towards fixing it and seeing how it goes. My questions now are:

1. I have pushed the pieces back into their original plane and there actually aren't any missing pieces. I understand that normally for a crack, you would bevel the edges of each side of the crack so that the epoxy adheres not just to the outer layer of the hull but also to some of the interior of the royalex. However, if I put a large patch of kevlar and/or s-glass over this whole area, it would extend beyond any of the cracks and be adhering only to the outer surface of the hull. Is roughing it up with sandpaper enough or do I want to get the outer surface (inside the hull or outside) off entirely on the outer edges of the patch?
2. Back to the question about whether the hull should have done this in the first place. I feel fairly confident that this was really a puncture from the blunt end of the tree (not a rock), rather than just a bashing like would happen if I hit a rock broadside. Do you folks think royalex still should not have punctured if it weren't old and brittle?

Thank you, all.

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