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Old 28 February 2013, 12:48   #1
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Transom strength concerns

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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?

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Old 28 February 2013, 16:11   #2
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Post a picture so its possible to see the current condition? Main thing is you're within the operating engine weight for the transom.

Is the sib trailered or built prior to launching?
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my guess is that its just the grain in the ply opening a little, if so dont worry about it.
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Old 28 February 2013, 17:21   #4
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if your really worried, use a router to recess 1cm into your ply transom, glue in new ply and seal.
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Thanks guys, I'll try and get pictures up in the next few days.
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That boat is a serious safety risk, for no charge I can call round and pick it up to save you taking it to the dump yourself!
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That boat is a serious safety risk, for no charge I can call round and pick it up to save you taking it to the dump yourself!
Haha great try!
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Old 03 March 2013, 11:31   #8
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Here are a few pictures. The rest of the transom seems sound it's just what looks like might be over tightening from the previous owner.

You'll see on the last pic that the strip on the inside of the transom is splitting but as this doesn't seem to be offering any additional strength I'm not too worried.

Anything to worry about?
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Nothing to worry about its just the ply delaminating where water has ingressed.it can go brittle but honestly I wouldn't worry
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Great, that's made me feel better about taking it to poole next month
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