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Old 13 February 2012, 08:33   #1
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Transom bolts and sikaflex.

After reading some old posts on water getting into the transom I decided to check my rib, first I checked the engine bolts and found that they had no sealant on them. I took them out one by one and then applied sikaflex inside the bored holes and on the bolts and washers before putting them back in. Should this be an ample enough job to protect the marine ply inside the transom ?? the reason for asking is that I have just come across an old thread suggesting flow coating the holes first then use sikaflex doh I don't fancy starting again, but I will if I have to.
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Sikaflex will be fine if you have put plenty in there. Not many people flow coat their holes apart from Wilfish of course.
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Be better if you did flowcoat them or put resin on but sikaflex will do.
When I've used it in the past I've put it on and done the bolts up finger tight, let it go off and then nipped em up so your compressing cured sealent.
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Flowcoat is a waste of time, as when you tighten the bolts, the transom will compress a little, but the flowcoat won't, but it will crack.

Resin isn't waterproof, so that's no good either, although it's probably better than nothing. I use Epoxy on the bare timber, then I use Sika below the waterline, and silicone above.
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Flowcoat is a waste of time, as when you tighten the bolts, the transom will compress a little, but the flowcoat won't, but it will crack.
That makes sense to me, I presume then that you cannot protect the marine ply 100% and that as long as it's minimal seawater getting to the timber it won't be much of a threat as long as you protect it the best you can and give it a regular hosing down with fresh water.
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That makes sense to me, I presume then that you cannot protect the marine ply 100% and that as long as it's minimal seawater getting to the timber it won't be much of a threat as long as you protect it the best you can and give it a regular hosing down with fresh water.
Freshwater is actually more likely to cause dry rot. You won't be able to "rinse" the ply anyway.

I have no idea what flowcoat is but 3M 5200 polyurethane has a proven track record for sealing thru-hulls, transom bolts and similar applications.
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Litle off topic but my Yam 90 transom bolts was well sealed with sika. Removed the bolts, nothing happened, engine did not move. Tried to lift the engine a litle, boat followed....Had no other option than to separate the engine from the transom with a chisel ? Sika is pretty strong stuff...As mentioned, plywood do get compressed so what ever is used to seal the hole, its good to be flexible.
Dont know if impregnate the holes with some type of wood oill(owatrol) would be any good before sealant, never tried.
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Depends how much "play" is in the transom and how prepared you are to fix/maintain or replace.
If you are stopping the rot, as it were, then drip linseed oil in until it weeps.
if it's not too bad, still keeps strength etc., then stopping further water ingress is the deal.
Ultimately it's a stop gap, but silicone into the gaps helps. You need to be happy that you're not stopping it drying out by doing this!
If you've got water in your transom ply............apply low heat to dry it out, seal and if it still keeps it's strength, seal to prevent further damage.
But I reckon if you think it's been soured, then make a plan for replacing it, keeping it OK for the while.
Damage limiltation etc., if the timber's wet then replace it.
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But I reckon if you think it's been soured, then make a plan for replacing it, keeping it OK for the while.
Damage limiltation etc., if the timber's wet then replace it.
Nothing like that... this is more preventive than a cure.
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Glad to hear it.......it's a hell hole otherwise
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