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Old 14 April 2011, 14:16   #1
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SIB Transom Strengtheners

Hi All,

Went on my first trip of 2011 last sunday and wow what a lovely day it was.

My 3.3m SIB is rated for a 15HP but i use a 25HP (QUE THE BOLLOCKING).

The transom was fine and did'nt flex much and boy did it go.

Just to be on the safe side i have installed some homemade transom strengteners and would like to share the idea with the forum for the benifit of others.

Made using M10 turnbuckles, o-clamps rivited to ali floor, dee rings and through-bolted to the transom and a large marine ply backing for more surface area.

Hope you like, Cheers.
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Old 14 April 2011, 15:36   #2
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I think with the turnbuckles the transom is only strengthened when the boat is stationary
when power is applied they will in effect be loosened off by the power of the motor pushing the top of the transom
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I think the power of the outboard will move the top of the transom towards the rear of the boat, maintaining the tension, at least in forwards gear? I'm not an expert on transom braces but would something with no movement not be a better idea, possibly something triangulated?

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I think the power of the outboard will move the top of the transom towards the rear of the boat, maintaining the tension, at least in forwards gear? I'm not an expert on transom braces but would something with no movement not be a better idea, possibly something triangulated?

Adam

I'd agreed with that. If the transom really needs the bracing, the brackets should keep the transom at the angle the boat was designed to have it at, and prevent rotational movement in either direction. If such bracing is used, the floorboards might also need to be beefed up so they don't crack just ahead of the foremost part of the bracket.

The stringers might also need to be beefed up as well to handle the extra bending moment that would be applied at the joints between the floorboards (particularly the rearmost joint). Anytime you make one area more rigid, the energy that might have been absorbed at that spot will be transmitted further along the chain.
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that thing definitely flies. have you checked your top speed via gps??
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The turnbuckles are designed as per Adams theory. Like i said the engine is ok without the turnbuckles but there are just to stop the initial pull on the transom when accelerating up to the plain.

I have not yet recorded the speed but hope to soon and will keep you posted.

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I think with the turnbuckles the transom is only strengthened when the boat is stationary
when power is applied they will in effect be loosened off by the power of the motor pushing the top of the transom

I think you'll find the force is rotational, pulling at the top and pushing at the bottom, the prop is at the bottom of a long lever, below the boat. if the prop was at top then yes you would get the effect you describe.

On a more practical note, ive had to beef up the transom of the jeaneau orange plastic tubs, and I can tell you the damage was a tearing at the top of the transom. I used a stainless version of this set up and it worked a treat, keeping the boats seaworthy for many years after the initial tear was seen
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transom stiffener

You should definitely make sure you are at optimal pressure in the tubes. I had a customer who bent the bent and cracked an aluminum floorboard that the turnbuckle(factory installed) was connected to. Turns out he was not inflating the boat to proper pressure so the complete load was on the turnbuckles. The turnbuckle also bent. it was an expensive lesson for him as many manufacturers only sell complete floor sets. Hate to see it happen to someone else.
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[QUOTE=Starovich;396794] I think you'll find the force is rotational, pulling at the top and pushing at the bottom, the prop is at the bottom of a long lever, below the boat.

I can see that now I sit at a keyboard corrected lol
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It looks well engineered from the photo, well done....

What is the aluminium looking tube for that is fitted to the transom, I can see both sides of the transom?? An 'A' frame base???
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