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Old 10 April 2006, 08:34   #31
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Thanks for all the help! Did a solid 20 hours of driving in 31 hours and I am back with the boat here in Chicago. Took it out yesterday and all seems well. Checked the transom while we were buying it and not only did it feel solid it also has no signs of water damage. Removed some bolts, had a look with a knife, wood was dry. Tubes are holding air but do need to be replaced. Boat is faster than I thought it would be and the engine seems to be in amazing condition for a saltwater 90', starts every time. As for the tag on the boat that says it's 900 pounds, I really don't think it actually weighs 900 pounds. I think the boat was made for the Coast Guard and thats it's hoisting weight.

Will post pics when done with work

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Congratulations Rogan... Have lots of fun!!
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Old 10 April 2006, 21:51   #33
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Just got in. Lake is cold but almost in the 60's today. Our camera man was new to the whole RIB thing.
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glad to hear everything worked out with the boat Rogan, ENJOY!!
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what's your max speed?
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Old 11 April 2006, 09:57   #36
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28 MPH. Changing prop today and doing some engine adjusting so I think in the 30's.
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Rotted Bolt Holes Through Transom

First off thanks to everyone for the advice. We were pretty prepared when we arrived to buy the boat and we got a good deal.

After taking the boat out on the lake a couple times there is more than enough work to be done. Today we were removing the hand pumping bailing system that was used instead of the gravity bailers. The gravity bailers were sealed up. Odd.

Here's the problem. When we were removing the bolts to the bailer(for some reason they put bolts through the transom to install the hand bailer) we noticed that they werent sealed. The bolts were damp and the wood soft on the inside. We then removed the bolts for the water/fuel seperator(required by law in Florida) which also had bolts through the transom. Same problem.

Feeling discouraged we removed some of the engine mounting bolts and found them and the wood to be dry. We did the same to the A frame bolts and they too were dry.

It looks like the original install of motor and A frame was done properly. But the hand bailer and water/fuel seperator done poorly and not sealed.

How do we deal with the bolt holes from the hand bailer and fuel/water seperator? Is there a way to dry them and seal them up?

We don't need to use those holes and hope it is just very localized damage.

How would you guys dry these and seal them? Any good products to use?
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As long as the area does not get too large, ream out the offending holes until you hit dry wood. Shape the bores of the holes so that the middle diameter is larger in diameter than the entrance/exit (sort of a reverse hourglass.)

Fill the offending holes with epoxy or other similar material (there are a lot of them out there, as websearch for transom repair should get you a bunch); allow to cure, redrill (one good thing is that you won't have to reseal the holes after drilling, ) Oh, and you said you removed teh engine bolts; make sure you seal those up again, as well.

Luck, congratulations, and don't feel too bad; a couple I know just had their new-to-them Avon go into the shop for a complete transom rebuild (to the tune of about $5K. Same cause: water ingress.)

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Old 16 April 2006, 20:15   #39
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Thanks for the response. I wish I took more pictures. The transom is almost done and a new engine is on the way. We drilled and dryed the transom and a 50hp with knee braces is almost complete. As usual, as soon as the work is done we are going to go out and then pictures and coments will ensue.
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Finally a new 50

Just got a hold of a Yamaha 50 2 stroke. Great engine. Really light. Boat tops out at 38.9mph. Very happy with it. Although going flat out in light chop the boat likes to chine. From left to right. Not major but when we are all trimmed and moving sometimes a large wave will send us off slightly sideways. In fact I impacted the GPS mount today and created a large gash across my leg. I think it's time for DaKine Windsurfing foot straps. Worked great in our last boat.
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