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Old 15 August 2016, 07:25   #1
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Aerotec - transom tried to fall off!

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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.
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Old 15 August 2016, 07:34   #2
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i would have a pro do it or a least get a price if its gone there rest will be suspect might not be economical.

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Old 15 August 2016, 07:54   #3
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Have you noticed exactly the same has just happened to Firstrib's Aerotec... post #261 on his thread...

Which roofrack for 3.5M RIB (Ford Ka)

Some folks have managed extensive complete transom re-glue repairs and I've undertaken spot repairs on an 18yr old Aerotec but my personal view is I'd get quotes for a trusted pro to do the whole transom and if that was uneconomic to you I'd replace the boat.

Also bear in mind now this has happened to the transom the floor to tube joints might not be far behind so perhaps budgeting that those may be required before too long would be sensible to get an overview of giving it say another 10yrs life.
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Old 15 August 2016, 08:22   #4
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fenlander - cheers, I hadn't seen that. He was in almost the same place as me (I was near Beaulieu/Lymington) , and had the same failure under almost identical 4 up conditions. spooky.

I'll see how much they quoted him for the repair. Thanks for pointing the post out.
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Old 15 August 2016, 11:05   #5
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On Firstrib's thread Yabadabadoo mentioned 150+vat for a transom repair. If it could be done for a figure as low as that then it has to be worthwhile. In broad terms there must be about a 400-600 difference between a sound Aerotec of that age and one with the transom part detached so on economics alone it is worth doing at anything up to 250.
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Old 15 August 2016, 11:21   #6
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The guys I spoke to seemed genuine and knew about the glue issue/had done a fair few in the past. They were clear that it didn't involve the floor, and said they'd need to see the boat before a proper quite. Certainly worth calling
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At least you have a decent van to chuck it in.....!
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I be been around Sib'S for 45 years and never seen anything as drastic as these two transom failures but one thing I pick up the boat will still get you home with a bit injenuity and carefully helming.

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I be been around Sib'S for 45 years and never seen anything as drastic as these two transom failures but one thing I pick up the boat will still get you home with a bit injenuity and carefully helming.

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