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Old 26 April 2010, 08:36   #11
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...unless of course your engine is old enough to still have the "transom screws" you get on wee portable engines (to hold the top of the clamp against the transom).
Yes, they'd be handy on a 200 Opti
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Old 26 April 2010, 10:44   #12
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He could have been talking about the Yam 50.........

...errr ok, so I didn't read that bit........
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Old 26 April 2010, 10:57   #13
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He could have been talking about the Yam 50.........

...errr ok, so I didn't read that bit........
Not sure the Yam is heavy enough to break much (although I do seem to push my boats quite hard......)

I'm crossing fingers and have put Biffers number in my phone memory just in case !
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Old 27 April 2010, 14:01   #14
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With some trepidation I took the top bolts out tonight ( while using 9D280) idea of ratchet straps - good suggestion thanks).

With some relief all seems fine and dry in there. It seems that the angle between bolt/washer and the gel/glass has started to cut the gel/glass away around the top edge of the washer, so it seems to have progressively cut a neat disc out of the flow/gel/ GRP surface.

So the big bit of steel will be fitted tomorrow as Mr posty left me a nice note saying it was too big to push through the letter box.

However it started me thinking ;

Are these bolts ever put in with a shim inside the transom to avoid crushing ?

Why oh why dont manufactuers install metal frames inside the transom, that extend under floor into stringers to spread the load - these could have shims built in ( surely weight isn't that much of a issue ? - I'm thinking something like small aero engine mounts/ caterham chassis etc)

Why dont they fit a nice bit of steel plate either side of the transom as std anyway ? ( As can be seen on several boats on here ).

So it seems mild panic averted . Many thanks to Biff for his emails inferring its a doddle to fix ( maybe for him - nightmare for me !) and everyone who as usual listens to my eternally pessimistic posts ...... ( hopefully this allows me, the boats and everyone in them vaguely safe).
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