Advice on Drilling holes in my Transom
Not sure if this should be in this section or Engines....?
I want to fit an auxiliary engine bracket to my transom - as much as a way of carrying the engine when wanting to use it on a SIB as for use as an auxiliary, but before I drill holes in my transom thought I'd ask for any relevant advice before starting the surgery.....
1. Is there a limit to how close I can drill the holes for the M8 bolts to the top lip of the transom? (the lip is on the outside of the transom)?
2. When (if) I do drill the holes, should I try and run any sealant into the holes or around the bolts to seal them?
3. The boat is a 6.5m ballistic - does anyone know if the transom is solid or does it have a plywood centre, and if it does have a ply centre will drilling the holes risk letting water into the ply and it getting soggy over time? (This is linked to Q2 of course!)
The pictures show how/where I intend to mount the bracket (the main engine is on full lock), and the transom with the intended M8 hole locations marked with a blue spot.
Thanks for any advice - unless I panic due to warning reply's I'm hoping to get the bracket mounted before this weekend. Trevor