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Old 24 July 2014, 16:49   #1
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Brig 570 cracked transom

hi all,

I am new to ribbing and to his forum. I know the subject of cracked transoms are tackled somewhere, but I can't find them.

I have a question some more experienced members may be able to help me with.

I bought a 2012 brig 570 from a brig dealer in the Netherlands 2 months ago. Boat is equipped with yamaha f100, well below maximum rec. power.

All of a sudden cracks appear on port and starboard transom, upside. Wind was only 2 bft, limited waves. If I move the engine up and down by hand the cracks become wider and visibly flex.

Does anybody have any experience with this? Is this as serious as it looks? Can the boat + engine still be transported on a trailer (need to drive 1000km home from vacation).

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Thx.

Albert
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Old 24 July 2014, 16:52   #2
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photo will be needed to get a proper answer
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Old 24 July 2014, 16:56   #3
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Are they structural cracks (i.e. into the structural material the transom is built up out of), or spider cracks in the gel coat?

The former would be a problem, the latter not so much.

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Old 24 July 2014, 17:17   #4
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Thx for reactions

Thx for your replies.
I did add pictures, but apparently they don't show. I will add them again tomorrow.

I think the cracks are structural: moving the engine makes them wider, looks pretty structural to me....?

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Old 24 July 2014, 17:30   #5
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Sounds terminal to me, money back time, take it back to the dealer.
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do not tow it anywhere until you can either upload pics or speak to your dealer to get agreement you can drive it. ideally i'd take the engine off if possible if you need to drive home.

it may even have been the 1000km drive that caused the damage-assuming you drove 1000km with the boat already.

do you have any pics of how you transport the boat? do you strap the engine in anyway?

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Old 24 July 2014, 17:45   #7
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do not tow it anywhere until you can either upload pics or speak to your dealer to get agreement you can drive it. ideally i'd take the engine off if possible if you need to drive home.

it may even have been the 1000km drive that caused the damage-assuming you drove 1000km with the boat already.

do you have any pics of how you transport the boat? do you strap the engine in anyway?

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Good points by dubrus. Contact the dealer, if possible send him pics, let him decide what to do, other wise he might claim that the transport made it worse.
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If towing the boat cracked the transom, it was never fit to go into the water.

Forget any complicated explanations. If the transom can't stand up to the stress of the motor being on it while it's on a trailer, the motor won't be on it for long in any kind of sea.
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I am new to ribbing and to his forum. I know the subject of cracked transoms are tackled somewhere, but I can't find them.
there are various threads but here are some of the classics:
Question - RibCraft transom, small crack
Cracked Gelcoat around Transom.
Transom Failure
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If I move the engine up and down by hand the cracks become wider and visibly flex.

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Is this as serious as it looks?
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Can the boat + engine still be transported on a trailer (need to drive 1000km home from vacation).
it can probably be made safe to transport - but potentially the engine is now the most valuable bit of your boat, so I'd be looking at options that protect the engine (and as others say remove any suggestion that you've made it worse). The bad news is Brig don't have the greatest respect round here, so I'm not sure anyone is expecting you to get great aftersales support.
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Old 25 July 2014, 00:05   #10
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Thank you very much for your replies and support.

The engine (yamaha) has a transport support lever, which should be lowered when transported. According to the dealer this is sufficient. The cracks appeared well after transport.

I have added a picture now, I hope this works.

I will take the boat also to a local repair shop (in france) specialized in RIBS and have them review the hull before using or driving it home.

The (maybe related) strange thing is that the hull also has a lot of water (several liters) in it after each day trip, and (very maybe related) if I open the lockers with access to the inner hull I can smell a bit aceton like odor.

In any case, this is serious enough not to take my family boating again before I get a professional opinion.

Thank you all very much for your help.

Albert
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