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Old 01 October 2016, 13:47   #31
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Looking at the original pic that looks quite an easy job to fix

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Old 01 October 2016, 15:31   #32
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Originally Posted by rik_elliott View Post
Hi all

Long time no post!

We took the aerotec out yesterday, great day. Lovely flat water with barely a ripple. The boat was well loaded with 4 of us on board, but was only pootling about up a river so no wave jumping or even particularly any throttle on the engine.

I noticed that the outboard felt odd as we were going along, and too my surprise spotted half the transom had let go. See attached pic. I ticked the motor over to get us back to shore, worried that the engine would go for a swim at any moment.

Looks as though the glue just gave up. I know its an older aerotec, but since I fixed a pinhole in the deck a few years back its been absolutely perfect. I would hate for it to have to be binned. So, my question is.... can I fix it? Any tips for reattaching a transom? I would imagine I will need to reglue the other side too - if one side failed the other could be close behind. I saw on a search other people have reglued bits of transom, but probably not on so old a boat and not with it literally waving around.

My plan would be to use some 2 part glue and maybe some extra PVC to reinforce the joints. But I really need a sanity check - would any of you use a boat again after having a pretty major structural failure of this sort?

As a final insult, the transom popping off like this somehow pinged my girlfriends dad's new fishing rod out the boat which disappeared under the brine. D'oh.
Could be worse...I saw some pics of a Big RIB with twins...where the Transum failed COMPLETLY and had to be replaced (at considerable expense!!) on the Maiden Voyage!

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Old 18 October 2016, 16:52   #33
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Hi, I am sorry that you have had a catastrophe with the Aerotec coming unglued. The same thing happened to me, in exactly the same place, looking exactly the same as your problem. I took mine to Ed Banyard's boat glueing repair workshop in Lostwithiel, it's where a lot of the boats are sent by other chandleries. Cost a couple of hundred pounds to repair. A good professional job and he weight tested it and had it inflated for a couple of weeks to check for leaks. Also did other repairs such as a new hook patch at the front where you tie the bag on. I was very satisfied. C
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Old 19 October 2016, 03:35   #34
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Firstrib, that sounds very reasonable to me. The transom is the only repair I wouldn't attempt myself personally. It might well influence my future plans to keep/sell my 420 when it gets into its twilight years. And lostwithiel is not a million miles from me either. Even if I was to attempt the repair myself, the amount of lost weekend time is easily worth a couple of hundred to me.

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