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Old 15 January 2015, 17:54   #1
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Its got a Wet Transom

My most recent acquisition the Chinook sea fury was looking like its general clean and tidy up was going so well until, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I spotted the outboard bolt holes in the transom were not sealed and were getting wet where the boat is currently stored outside.
I took a closer look and drilled a few exploratory holes below the bolt holes and found the ply inside wet

With my head in my hands I started to think about scrapping it and cutting my loses early, But instead I have spent the last two days searching and reading about Transom repairs.

Up until tonight I have not found the answers I was hoping for But have just read a few pages by rotdoctor.com that has made me believe I can definitely do it myself.
Wood preservation, rot repair, and restoration using epoxy resin on boats, homes and log homes.

After reading the rot doctor article I am thinking about cutting / grinding the fibreglass from the back of the transom and exposing the wet ply then pulling it out and replacing it.

I have read a few threads on here and was hoping to get some more advice before starting.

My questions are
Is this going to be a good repair or am I ?
Has anyone else tried this ?

Thanks in advance
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Old 15 January 2015, 18:13   #2
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I'm not sure about the specifics of your boat but a transom replacement is reasonably straight forward. The boat building forum I frequent here in the USA has people doing it all the time to hard boats. Bateau2.com - Technical support for builders

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Old 15 January 2015, 18:35   #3
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Thanks Jason
I just had a quick look at Boat Builder Central - Howtos | Transom Repair - page 1 its good to see how its done.

I am hoping not to have to completely replace, just remove the wet part and patch up.
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Has anyone ever used a liquid wood hardener and if so which brand would you recommend.
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I think just replacing bits is going to adversely affect the overall strength & rigidity of the transom due to the joints.
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I think just replacing bits is going to adversely affect the overall strength & rigidity of the transom due to the joints.
The two websites that I have been reading seem to think it will be ok, and some others seem to be of the opinion that it would be ok to just dry it out fill it up and carry on regardless.

I'm getting the picture that if its not soft or cracking then its likely going to be ok for a while longer.

I have hit it all over with a hammer and it sounds solid (If there is such a sound)

It has been suggested that I make a thick plate for the outboard to bolt through to spread the load.

I am going to ask charles dyas who built the sea fury and kevin from hotribs what thy think as they have been a great help with info on the sea fury up to now. I am told the sea fury was a very strong / heavy build so may take a lot to break it.
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And probably not be much less work.
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Id cut it out and replace it all properly - otherwise Id spend my whole time on it wondering when it was going to fail.

It is afterall a pretty important part of the boat - given that the engine is mounted to it

Id cut it out myself and then get it replaced professionaly - isnt it just glue, wood and fiberglass ?

(not that I have any flipping idea, but if you have access to Google and some time you can do anything)

Afterall its not like your repacing the floor of the moon lander, or the roof of a submarine.
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Id cut it out and replace it all properly - otherwise Id spend my whole time on it wondering when it was going to fail.
The more I search the more I find that a lot of peoples old boats have some water ingress of some sort. and have not had detrimental effects.

I think I would be more concerned if the damp /wet wood were in the top half of the transom.
As I picture it, If it were to break I imagine it would break away from there under load.
The top half of mine is dry, It is just below the bottom outboard mount holes that is wet, Which is below the deck line and it seems much thicker there.

The previous owner has said that it was all fine when he took the old motor off mid way through last year, But he neglected to fill the holes so has sat soaking up since then.

I am hoping it has not done to much damage and that I have caught it time.
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bad luck :-(

I never screw anything into a transom, but do have a bolt through engine on mine, but it was pro done with a backing plate at the bottom inside and all holes using marine sealant.

How big were these holes that were unsealed?

I bet you when you finish you will be the most fastidious transom owner ever :-)

Cant wait to see pics :-) Good luck.
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