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Old 19 December 2011, 17:54   #1
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Filling holes on Transom

The nobber who rigged the Honda on Pigs Ear fitted the top bolts too close to the top of the transom (about an inch from the top!)

So going to drill new holes two holes down on the bracket and move the bolts down 2 holes (1.5")

I would like to fill the old holes and wondered what the best way is to do so. Wooden dowls (slightly oversize) and some epoxy then knock them in with a mallet till they are slightly below the surface to allow some gelcoat filler to be used to finish off the surface seems the best solution to me.

Any better solutions?
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Old 19 December 2011, 17:59   #2
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Thats what I did when I filled the holes from the botched fitting of my A frame by the manufacturer.
I just used dowel, epoxy and gelcoat filler just as you say and it seems fine nearly a year later.
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Assuming its a wood core transom...

You'll probably find that your need to sand/grind out a "dish" into the gelcoat and partly into the glass. If you just put a disk of gelcoat on the end of the wood bung, the differential expansion and contraction of the wood and glass will make a nice circular crack in the gelcoat. So bevel out the edge a little.
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Any better solutions?

yewse sikks bowlts in sted ov forr

dat givs yew 33 pir sent les charnce ov de fkin enjin forlin orf

dis orlso meens dat yew wil av too dril too noo oles

ifn yew starrt a thred bowt drillin oles yorr a ded mann warkin
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yewse sikks bowlts in sted ov forr

dat givs yew 33 pir sent les charnce ov de fkin enjin forlin orf

dis orlso meens dat yew wil av too dril too noo oles

ifn yew starrt a thred bowt drillin oles yorr a ded mann warkin
Yep, I would fit 2 new ones so you would have 6 bolts in total
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yewse sikks bowlts in sted ov forr
Had thought of that and agree its probably the easy option..

I was just being a bit pedantic and not wanting a transom full of bolts.

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dat givs yew 33 pir sent les charnce ov de fkin enjin forlin orf
Az itss ann Ondder, de fkin bowlts owldin itt ontoo de tranzum arr de leest ov iz wurrys inn keapin de enjin onbored.
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not wanting a transom full of bolts.
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My 'Leccy Pal Lee had this dilema with his Stingray chavboat. The solution was, a laser cut stainless plate which was boxed over the top of the transom and came down the inboard side enough to cover the first row of holes and came lower on the outboard side. It was cut, shaped and fab'd by a commercial kitchen outfit. I can get a pic, it looks dead smart.
The redundant holes were filled with GRP bridger.
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My 'Leccy Pal Lee had this dilema with his Stingray chavboat. The solution was, a laser cut stainless plate which was boxed over the top of the transom and came down the inboard side enough to cover the first row of holes and came lower on the outboard side. It was cut, shaped and fab'd by a commercial kitchen outfit. I can get a pic, it looks dead smart.
The redundant holes were filled with GRP bridger.
I made mine like this to protect the transom from new and one from the old searider in powder coated ally

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