Aerotec - transom tried to fall off!
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.