Transom strength concerns
I'm probably overreacting a bit here but the one concern I have with my current set up is that the transom will suddenly snap while I'm out and my pride and joy tohatsu will sink into the merky depths..!
The SIB I have is 8-10 years old and the engine weights 41kg (max recommended is 45kg).
My concern comes from noticing that around where screws have been put through for transom wheels and where the previous owner screwed on fishing rod holders, there are small, maybe 1cm or so cracks in the wood. The cracks don't seem deep and there is no loosening of the wood near where the tubes join that I can see.
Are these small cracks something to worry about? Should I look at replacing the SIB now that it's 10 years old?