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Old 21 September 2015, 04:10   #1
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Bombard Aerotec transom repair

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I need your opinion. The transom of my Aerotec is coming loose (see pics). Does this mean a totall reglue or just a repair of the particular spots ? Transom feels solid.
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Old 21 September 2015, 04:26   #2
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A total re-glue is a massive job... mainly getting all those overlapping sections off without damage and then cleaning it up to a proper standard. And you'll need warmth plus low humidity to use the new glue.

Can you continue pulling this apart further than where it stops at the moment. Have you also looked very carefully at all the other parts of the transom and the floor-to-tube glued seams.

I use a soft plastic scraper to see if I can prise the seams apart.

Yes it is possible to make a strong repair to the problems you've found if that really is the extent of the failure.

Perhaps a professional who was charging you for the work might not be happy just doing sections but my belief is it's fine for a DIY job... you will have to keep an eye on all the seams from now on though.

Have you seen my thread from this summer where I carried out even more complex localised repairs to the old Aerotec I owned...

Aerotec patching/glue advice.

Despite some choppy water testing at speed since then every repair has stayed strong.
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Old 21 September 2015, 08:24   #3
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Hi,

I need your opinion. The transom of my Aerotec is coming loose (see pics). Does this mean a totall reglue or just a repair of the particular spots ? Transom feels solid.
What year is the boat?
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Old 21 September 2015, 10:15   #4
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Some say if one part starts peeling then the rest will follow but this may not always be so. The first pictured part will obviously need proper gluing with two part glue but if you have a tiny section peeling (as on the second picture) or even slightly open just lift it up slightly, clean inside and then squeeze in a dab of black Sikaflex in, then push down the PVC to squeeze out the excess (don't go mad). This will in many cases be all that is required to seal it and stop the water getting in further and causing more issues/peeling.
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What year is the boat?
2005. Ps: no water coming in, i can feel no movement in the transom.
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Old 21 September 2015, 11:05   #6
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2005. Ps: no water coming in, i can feel no movement in the transom.
In my unprofessional opinion, you could probably touch it up with PVC glue and get another 2-5 years out of it.

I will warn you though, when you go to reglue, the MEK used during the cleaning process and the solvent fumes given off by the glue will unglue more material. I will also recommend using some blocks and vice clamps to apply a lot of pressure to the material during curing...allow curing for 2-3 days.

I would budget a complete reglue within the next 1 to 5 years though.
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Thanks for the reply Richard. Appreciate it.
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Thanks for the reply Richard. Appreciate it.
Not a problem at all! Just make sure to scrub with MEK heavily to remove the old glue first...

It's not difficult or expensive work, just time consuming.
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I've had an offer from a boatshop to reglue the transom for 450,- euro's (320 pounds). I doubt if the boat is worth this investment.

I've inflated the boat this weekend and carefully checked the transom, there is no movement. However, the part in the first picture came loose from top to bottom.

As you can see in the picture the material is quite thin, is this really what is holding the transom in place ?

I will see if i can get the right conditions for glueing (temp/hum) and attempt the repair myself. Has any Aerotec owner ever attempted to reinforce the construction where the transom meets the tubes ?
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Yes the material is thin and yes it is all that holds the transom on.

There is no need to reinforce the transom... just repair where you see it failing... as per the methods mentioned previously.

320 is a lot to do the transom... and you will probably find the floor-tube seam will go the same in places soon too so it's not as if that 320 will guarantee another failure free 5yrs.
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